Gareth Busby

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Vital Wheat Gluten – How To Use It?

You may have heard of vital wheat gluten and wondered what it is and whether you need it or not. This article covers what vital wheat gluten does and if you …

Does Yeast Have Gluten?

Yeast has been used in bread to make the dough rise, but as the need to produce gluten-free bread has grown in recent years, can the same yeast be used? Well…

What Is Hooch In Sourdough Starter?

If you’ve noticed a liquid at the top of your starter and wondered what it is, it’s hooch! There are many misconceptions about hooch, whether it’s good, bad,…

Is Artisan Bread Healthier Than Commercial Bread?

A lot of people prefer eating artisan bread, and I for one can’t understand why anyone would want to eat commercially produced bread over artisan bread, but …

Is Artisan Bread White Bread?

What is the difference between artisan bread and white bread? As so much of the bread we see is white and made in a commercial production factory it’s common…

Can I Take Sourdough Starter On A Plane?

If you’re planning to travel and don’t want to put your favourite hobby on hold, you can bring your starter with you!! But how easy is it to take it on a pla…

Fresh Yeast –  What’s So Special About It?

You may notice many bakers and bread-baking websites use fresh yeast, so what can you do with it that you can’t with dried? Well, to spoil this write-up, the…

How To Stop Bread Sticking To The Tin

Ever had what you thought would be the perfect loaf of bread to find that it simply won’t come out of the tin? If you’ve been baking for a while, I think we’…

How To Make Whole Wheat Bread Less Dense

Years ago, I wrote an article on how to fix dense bread, which mainly covered white bread (you can see it here: how to prevent dense bread). So after a few y…

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