The Kyiv artisan bakery, Bakehouse, has kept their shop open since the invasion of Ukraine to dish out free loaves to soldiers, hospitals and the elderly.
This inspired British chef and sourdough baker Andrew Green who had the idea of creating a book with a new collection of recipes donated by some of the world's top bakers. The global baking community came together to create the chairty recipe book featuring the likes of Yotam Ottolenghi, San Francisco's legendary Tartine, and Kitty Tait from the Orange Bakery in Oxfordshire.
Bakehouse founder Anna Makievska (seen in photo with her daughter) also features in the book called Knead Peace with her recipe for flaxseed bread. After a warehouse holding their stock was obliterated by Russian airstrikes, Makievska and her team used crowdfunding at the early stages of the war so they could continue baking. They have given away more than 100,000 loaves to date. The Bakehouse stopped the production of the 30 different types of bread they used to make and rather focused on producing a traditional Ukrainian white yeasted loaf called a baton.
Knead Peace is now on sale in the UK and Australia, with proceeds going to the Disasters Emergency Committee's Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. It would also make a great Christmas gift.
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