Real Bread Week Ahead

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Real Bread Week

 

A little ironic coming almost straight after Coeliac Awareness Week, but we’re now in Real Bread Week. Though to be fair, good gluten free bread can definitely be both real and good.

In its 7th year now, this year’s focus is on how to help children discover the delights real bread, and particularly baking it themselves. They’re keen to get schools involved, and I really hope that they will, though I appreciate that not every school is now able to offer cooking. But at least dough could be taken home quite easily and then baked.

There’s some great resources on the site, including a good list of baking schools offering appropriate classes. If you become a supporter of the Real Bread Campaign (which is an interesting idea of a gift for a food lover) then you can get a discount on a lot of these classes too.

You can even wear your affiliation on your chest, with one of these limited edition tshirts:

 

On the Rise Real Bread Week T Shirts

 

This is the week to get out and support your local independent bakery, or perhaps an independent miller and make your own. Or both. Whichever, enjoy your bread any way you like, as long as it’s real! If you need some recipe inspiration, then I’ve written about great bread books here.

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Encyclopedic knowledge of the best cookies of every description

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The Cookiepedia: Mixing, Baking and Reinventing the Classics - great cookbook to gift to a food lover with the baking bug

Let me just say this first: I love this book! I was sent The Cookiepedia as a review copy, and I love it. I even cope with the fact it doesn’t tell you a helpful conversion for a stick of butter, other than cups or tablespoons, but other than that it’s a delight.

I mean, what’s not to love a book that gives you the space you really need to scribble your own notes in, as you tweak recipes to really suit your own tastes. And then biscuits and cookies of every description, without getting too fancy. In fact, I would say this is perfect for the weekend, if it’s going to be wet and you’re going to be home with kids. I used the brownie recipe from here with MGG, and it was perfect, given that it uses cocoa rather than needing to invoke a bit of double boiler action.

There’s everything from chocolatey ones to fruity ones, and pretty much everything in between. I think it would make a great gift for a keen home baker, if not for a very competent, experienced one. This is not showstopping stuff, just the sort of stuff you would want to eat at home, with a cup of tea.

If you want to go to town with this as a gift, then you could add in a baking sheet, or some fun cookie cutters. I’ve written before about those I’ve been lusting after, but you could definitely follow a theme given the huge variety now available. Of course, all this depends on you being able to give this great book away! Sorry, but it’s a keeper for me!

 

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Inspiring mini gourmets into the kitchen

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Another week lies ahead, which means another week off the Christmas countdown. How’s it going? Organised yet?

No, me neither!

So trying to pull together as many gifts as possible, quick views on great food gift ideas for every kind of food lover. And of every age, starting with the little ones today. Look how cute this is:

 

Great gift for mini food lovers to encourage them into the kitchen

This is from Cookie Crumbles, and is a beautiful kit that they just won’t be able to wait to get into the kitchen to start making cookies. Yes, I know that could be 5.30am on Christmas morning, but imagine the gorgeous smells from the kitchens! Everything they need except the oven, and everything can be kept neatly together. Perfect.

This one is £14, which is not bad for all the things you’re getting. If you want something more stocking filler sized, then try the Pelican Bay Cookie Mixes at John Lewis, at £6, or perhaps the decorate your own cookie at just £3.50. Anything to get them in the kitchen!

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