The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard
The Handmade Loaf is a charming collection of recipes, personal stories and photographs captured by legendary baker Dan Lepard on his travels around Europe in search of the very best bread and home bakers. First published to critical acclaim in 2004 this delightful book travels through Russia, Denmark, the Ukraine, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, France, Italy and the UK, where Dan has watched, lived and worked intimately with the very best bakers in order to bring back his own recipes, which are inspired by their very best breads.
Here are over 80 irresistible recipes that look afresh at the traditional methods and ingredients employed by the European baker. Dan has brought together a mouth-watering and varied range of breads, buns, muffins, wafers, loaves and cakes to inspire us. From a simple Quick white loaf to a more complicated Light caraway rye bread, from small buns which are made using Scrumpy to a Red wine loaf with pine nuts and figs. There are recipes using fruit such as Cherry, fennel and rye loaf to breads using spices such as the Sweet Saffron Bread and those using butter and dairy products such as Flaky butter buns. With both practical and innovative direction, this book will appeal to both experienced bakers and a new generation of home cooks who want to embrace a new wholesome way of baking and cooking.