Traditional Irish Brown Bread

wpid-20150619_072554.jpgWe Irish are famed for our soda bread; it’s always the first item on the table of my parents’ Bed & Breakfast to be sampled by the hungry tourists. Continue reading

Rediscovering Ancient Wisdom In Bread Baking

'Baking bread' from Tacuini sanitatis
‘Baking bread’ from Tacuini sanitatis

I think it’s amazing that Western society is having to re-learn the importance of fermentation in bread baking in the 21st century. There is abundant¬†evidence of humans producing fermented bread many thousands of years ago, although presumably the earliest bakers didn’t realise exactly what benefits the fermentation conferred to their diet. Continue reading