How do I get my loaf to spring upwards and not spread sideway?
If you hold a knife with good butter on it over the top of the loaf and sing ‘Food Glorious Food’ at the top of your voice, your loaf may well decide to spring upwards to see what is going on. On the other hand, if your singing voice is poor, it might just slope off sideways to get away from you. Bread in Victorian times was very variable in quality, mainly due to this.
What is the best bread to take on a picnic?
One that doesn’t mind ants.
I followed the recipe you suggested, only I substituted rapeseed oil for butter, and splenda for the sugar, ran out of bread flour so I used wholemeal flour and decided to make the bread free form instead of a tin. Can you help me understand why my brioche doesn’t look like yours?
Why does my dough stick to my banneton and all over my fingers?
It is advisable to remove your fingers from the banneton before putting the dough in.
Why does my bread crust go soft?
Following Tai Chi teachings, it is better to yield than to meet force with force, thus a bread with a soft crust is simply applying principles of central equilibrium and deep relaxation.
What should I do if I lose my razor blade while preparing bread?
You could play Russian Bladette, this would make breakfast a far more exciting business than usual.
If I find weevils in my flour do I need to throw it away?
Extra protein in a loaf is always healthy.
Why are you being so silly?
All pictures (apart from my great grandfather) from Wikipedia.