When I started out making bread, this was my go to book. It has a great selection of recipes covering the basics, right up to some advanced recipes that I’ve still yet to try. But the author has a witty and entertaining style that tells you as much about the process of making bread, as the recipes themselves. What I got most from his book, is a no-knead recipe. There are several here, and I found that this way of making bread suited my lifestyle much better, with two young kids around it isn’t always easy to stick to the timings. Plus I found that you could make lovely bread without having to pound the dough. So this book by James Morton is worth getting with a huge variety of recipes to try.
Winner of the 2014 Guild of Food Writers Award for Cookery Book of the Year.
James Morton was surely the people’s favourite to win 2012’s Great British Bake Off series – with his Fairisle jumpers and eccentric showstoppers, this soft-spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers’ hearts if not the trophy.
James’s real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of “proper” bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast – you can save money by making your own bread. You don’t even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques.
Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James’s no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.