Paul Pursglove's Bread Site

I have been making bread for years and have quite a range of experience in this area.  My interest is mainly in eating good quality bread as I find the processed bread that comes in thinly sliced packets only fit for the occasional treat and not suitable for everyday use.  I have also talked and lectured on baking bread.

This site is set up from my own personal perspective and is not meant as a definitive guide.  It should be used as a guide to good practice, but there are lots of other personal improvements to aspire to in addition to my ideas.

Important:  This website provides recipes and information sheets as .pdf files which depend on your machine settings to either display in your browser or save to your download folder. These pages can be viewed or printed easily.

Essential Reading

Elizabeth David, 1977, English Bread and Yeast Cookery, Penguin. - This text is often referred to as the "bakers bible".

Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter, 2003, Bread - a traditional guide to making your own bread in a traditional oven and using a bread machine, Lorenz Books (Anness Publishing Ltd).

This website was restructured in 2020 to make it simpler to use, removing all of the complex programmed drop down menus and simplifying the pages.



Paul is a retired teacher
and examiner.  He is also
the webmaster of The
Pterosaur Database.

Look at Paul's  weblog


Modern Recipes

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