The new Real Bread Campaign initiative to support homebakers.
Widespread reports across traditional and social media suggest that everyone has started baking bread at home. This is supported by weeks of supermarket shelves being stripped bare of flour and yeast, and millers temporarily suspending their online shops.
To help budding (and long-time) bread makers, the Real Bread Campaign has launched #LockdownLoafers. Crowdsourced from the international hive mind of Real Bread Campaign supporters and friends, the advice harvested so far includes:
- Recipes and tips for using less (or no) bread flour (see below)
- Recipes and tips for using less (or no) baker’s yeast
- Advice in answer to the question: ‘where can I find flour?’
All this and more can all be found at www.realbreadcampaign.org
Real Bread Campaign coordinator Chris Young said: “It’s always great to see people making Real Bread. We can’t wish away the terrible situation that’s driven so many people to start baking recently but we can, and do, welcome them to the activity – and delicious, nutritious results - we love. We’re here to help them gain the knowledge, and confidence, to bake bread with what they can get their hands on.”
Lockdown larder loaves
We’re encouraging all Real Bread Campaign supporters to mention Lockdown Loafers in relevant recipes, articles, live streams, videos etc. and use the #LockdownLoafers hashtag on social media in addition to the usual #RealBread one.
Recipes recently added by Campaign ambassador Helen Underwood and others to the growing, free collection on the Campaign’s website to help people eke out bread flour and yeast include ones using:
- Plain flour
- A pinch of yeast
- Breakfast wheat biscuits
- A simple sourdough starter
What are YOU doing?
Real Bread Campaign supporters: If you're doing frequent/regular stuff (eg online classes/courses, webinars, recipes, Insta/Facebook live events etc.) to help homebakers, please email us so we can help you to promote. email@example.com
In the meantime, don't forget to tag relevant social media posts with #RealBread, #LockdownLoafers and (when applicable) #sourdough.
Lockdown Loafers is a companion to the support the Campaign has been providing to microbakery, and other Real Bread business, owners and employees. So far, this includes:
- A campaign encouraging people to buy local loaves
- Q&A page for bakeries, staff and their customers
- Sending this message to the Prime Minister, asking for support and assurances
- This guide to starting deliveries and online sales
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Published 16 Apr 2020
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