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Why long-fermented sourdough bread is actively good for you

January 6, 2017

By Florence Waters

We’ve been asking friends and customers why they like eating sourdough. For many the answer is flavor – which is great. But did you know about the ways sourdough acts as a health food and promotes digestive health? Well that’s the reason Modern Baker was born in the first place. Sorry to be playing the health card again, but it seems not that many people know why sourdough trumps all other baked goods in the wellbeing poker ring – as well as being an ace in the flavour pack. All this is pretty important to us, since... Read more

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Turmeric: how to put more gold dust in your life

September 2, 2016

By Florence Waters

Right now it’s the nectar right at the top of the health food trail. Many health experts are getting excited about it – not least healthy bakers! Especially because we have to work harder to create colourful, handsome bakes when using only natural products. You may have seen our previous blog post about the amazing health properties of turmeric. The question is, how best to buy it and consume it? Eat it neat and turmeric has a potent, slightly bitter taste, but when used in moderation and with the right ingredients, it brings a mild umami flavour, and can also be a... Read more

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IN THE NEWS: We’re officially in the Cotswolds!

August 15, 2016

By Florence Waters

It would seem that word about healthy baking spreads like wild… organic nut butter. Modern Baker has recently been featured in a number of articles including the Guardian and Telegraph, and our favourite international design magazine Wallpaper*. We are also listed top of this year’s Hip & Healthy Guide to the Cotswolds’ food and drink destinations, along with Daylesford Organic. Feel free to share with your friends and spread the good word! “At Modern Baker in Summertown, Oxford, sales of turmeric lattes – listed on the menu as “Golden mylk” (the “y” is health-speak for non-cow milk) now outnumber that of... Read more

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Turmeric: 5 things you should know about the spice du jour

July 4, 2016

By Florence Waters

Some of you may have seen the Guardian article featuring Modern Baker’s turmeric mylk and illustrating our turmeric and honey biscuits. The article has now been shared well over 13,500 times and more turmeric treats have been flying off the counter than ever. Health publications long ago declared 2016 the year or turmeric, and many of you will already know of the powerful health boosting qualities of this spice, which Western scientists are even beginning to consider in medicine. As a bakery using only natural ingredients, turmeric is a gift, as we have to work hard... Read more

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Turmeric latte: Modern Baker’s golden mylk recipe

July 4, 2016

By Florence Waters

As featured in the Guardian, we make our own turmeric milk based on a traditional Ayurvedic recipe. We also think Wunder Workshop’s blend is fantastic, a mild mixture with coconut milk powder, which we have on our shelves in the shop. Our recipe is punchier, and easy to make at home. Ingredients 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp ground black pepper  (which tastes great, but also makes the turmeric more bioavailable i.e. more easily absorbed into the bloodstream) 1 cup of almond drink. We like Rude Health’s ‘Almond Milk’, because it’s naturally sweetened with a little rice, which takes away... Read more