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Sippets: October 2020

Recent success and more stuff by Real Bread Campaign supporters and others.

Kitty the Teenage Baker [detail] © Mark Draisey

Kitty the Teenage Baker [detail] © Mark Draisey

Recent crumbs of news from the world of Real Bread include...

Food heroes celebrated by the Urban Food Awards this year include Breadwinners, named Super Social Enterprise, and Well Kneaded, which secured the Climate Champion title.

Campaign ambassador Peter Cooks Bread's Wild Hops & Barley Loaf has been crowned Britain's Best Loaf by British Baker magazine. Campaign supporter Seasons Bakery's Tasty Tin Loaf won the white bread category, and loaves by both bakeries were highly commended in other categories.

Great Taste Awards judges are pretty restrained in dishing up 3-stars, so congratulations to Campaign supporters Peter’s Yard and Wessex Mill on theirs. Well done also to all of those Campaign supporters whose Real Bread and flour was judged worthy of 1 and 2 star awards.

Knead to Chat has collected the Environment of Care Award from the Patient Experience Network. Seeds of the therapeutic bread making initiative, run by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust volunteers to help patients tackle mental health challenges, were sown when project lead Malcolm Heaven took part in a previous initiative run by Planet Leicester Bakers.

Campaign supporter Bretzel Bakery's Pain de Maison Boule has been crowned Supreme Champion in Blas na hÉireann, the Irish Food Awards.

A painting of Campaign ambassador Kitty Tait (detail above) by Mark Draisey came third in the public vote for the Visitors’ Choice category of this year’s BP Portrait Award.

Two Campaign supporters have new books out: Pauline Beaumont’s Bread Therapy (Yellow Kite Books) is out now, while Paul Barker’s Naturally Fermented Bread, a collection of the Cinnamon Square owner's ‘botanical baking’ recipes, is published by Quarry Books on 13 October.

Oh, you tees
Campaign ambassador, and The School of Artisan Food’s head flour arranger, Wayne Caddy is producing Sourdough Slingers t-shirts very kindly making a doughnation to us for each one sold. To place your order, drop him a line at:

So you wanna be a boxer?
Britain Loves Baking has launched the Small Bread Bread Box and company founder Greg will make a doughnation of £1 to the Campaign for each one sold. The mail-order kit contains pre-weighed ingredients and step-by-step instructions to make two loaves each of: rosemary and olive garlic focaccia, foolproof crusty French baguettes, Tuscan polenta bread, and walnut sultana and cinnamon bread. The box is £17, or £22 with a copy of the Don’t Waste A Crumb: No Waste Baking and Cooking booklet.

Crouch End’s crowdfunded crustmonger
The folk of London N8 and beyond have helped Campaign supporter ‘Sourdough’ Sophia Handschuh to smash her £25,000 crowdfunding target. Eventually they pledged more than £33,000 to help Sophia move her microbakery business from the dining room to a high street bakery and baking school.

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Sippet: A small piece of bread, often fried or toasted, used as a garnish or to dip in things. The British crouton.

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Published 12 Oct 2020

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