The Fresh Loaf

News & Information for Amateur Bakers and Artisan Bread Enthusiasts


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Fresh Yeast availability in the UK

January 6, 2013 - 10:12am -- Ruralidle

There are many posts on TFL that recommend trying to source fresh yeast from your local, large supermarket bakery department - when it is a bakery not a tanning salon for partially baked loaves.  Also, Richard Bertinet will supply good fresh yeast but either in 500g blocks or on a regular "plan".  There are also some specialist suppliers such as NiceisLife (Italian produce ) who also sell small packs of fresh yeast.

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Hi from Cambs, UK

September 21, 2011 - 5:14am -- xx

I'm Dave, near retired, a lapsed breakmaker - we made bread for the family for the first 20 years of marriage. A recent present of a Panasonic breadmaker rekindled my interest.
So far so good, I'm impressed how much they've come on. Their basic and sandwich breads
are fine by my judgement. Making dough, roll into buns, no problem, like working with play-dough! Brioche the last one I tried, and I'm frowning a little. V.dark crust (not burned). Taste/texture fine, just wondering if I can tweak the recipe with a breadmaker.


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UK based baking course for TFL users?

February 4, 2011 - 1:16pm -- Ruralidle

Regular readers of the TFL forum will have seen that we have amongst us an expert baker and educator in the form of Andy (ananda).  It is clear from Andy's posts on this forum that he is a very accomplished baker and he has access to kitchens that are suitable for teaching bread baking, the college where he works has even just invested in some deck ovens.  

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UK Channel 4 River Cottage on bread

November 5, 2010 - 2:45pm -- rocketbike

UK viewers:  yesterday night's "River Cottage" looked at bread.  You can watch the programme online if you missed it, with "4 on Demand" at

And they build an oven too - can it really be that easy?!  Maybe not, but given the aim is to encourage people who've never tried baking before to have a go, I don't think it's a bad effort.


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BBC "The Great British Bake Off"

September 1, 2010 - 12:52am -- rocketbike

The BBC is running a series at the moment called "The Great British Bake Off".  The presenters include Paul Hollywood (author of "100 Great Breads"), and last night's episode centred on bread-making.  The competition setting unfortunately didn't allow for slow-rise, so the focus was on straight doughs.

For those of you with a UK IP address or proxy, you can see the programme at:

for the next seven days.


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hello from devon

March 8, 2009 - 7:35am -- zoe34

Hi this is my introduction.   I am a keen home cook, mainly into european and aisan food.  Thai, indian, british, french, italian, spanish food...


I have baked the odd loaf of bread with ok or not so good results.  I've been on you tube for info on baking, read Richard Bertinet book, and been inspired by this forum. 


I am just at the basic stage I think even though I can't wait to do more... 


started using fresh yeast today.  Await the results in a hour or so.  The dough felt different already.  Zoe

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