Modern Baker by Melissa Sharp with Lindsay Stark is a recently published baking cookbook. It’s a delightful collection of inspiring cake, biscuit and bread recipes made from natural ingredients and sourdough starters.
The Modern Baker is a busy bakery and cafe in Oxford, that aims to sell healthier bakes. It is the brainchild of Melissa Stark, who through her own ill health began baking using more natural ingredients. Melissa advertised for a baker and met Lindsay Stark, and together they have created recipes for the bakery and book. All the recipes are vegetarian, and if applicable are clearly identified as gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF) or suitable for vegans (V+).
The recipes in Modern Baker only use unrefined sugars, such as coconut sugar, maple syrup, raw honey, dates and lucuma. The authors rightly point out unrefined sugars are still sugar. However, if you’re looking baking recipes that don’t contain the white stuff then this is the book for you.
This Carrot, Apple and Walnut Cake recipe from the book is gluten free and sweetened only by maple syrup. It produces a deliciously moist cake, and you would never realise that it’s gluten free and refined sugar free.
I’ve been reading a few books recently on the importance of gut health and the implications it has on our mental well being and general health. As a far as I’m aware, I don’t have any allergies to gluten or dairy. However, I’m certainly keen to try out more recipes that are kinder on the gut. I’m now seriously considering making my own sourdough starter, what could be better than baking your own sourdough loaf! Once I’ve master the basic loaf, I’d love to bake the Apple and Cider Sourdough and the Rye Seeded Sourdough. There are plenty of other recipes I’d like to bake too, I’m keen to to try out the Parsnip and Coconut Cake and the beautiful Maca and Vanilla Cake. For slightly cooler days, when soup is in order I think the Carrot, Cumin and Gouda Loaf Cake would be a tasty and hearty accompaniment.
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