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Beginners bread making evening; 19 April

Having had delicious lunches and cakes at Mudlarks catfe in Hertford (http://wordpress.mudlarksgarden.org.uk/mudlarks-garden-cafe/), I offered to run a bread making workshop for them with all profits going to the Mudlarks charity.  It is a bit of an experiment but, if successful, will lead to a series of workshops through the year with seasonal breads and more advanced techniques.

So, if you have always wanted to bake bread or need a refresher, please come along.  The venue is 10 Railway Street, Hertford, SG14 1BG and it will run from 19.00-21.30, Wednesday 19th April.  Please email Kevin to book a place: kevin@mudlarksgarden.org.uk.

Gold standard bread!

 

 

 

 

 

Certificates arrived today!  Gold for both Aussie Fruit Loaf and Turkish Pide and Bronze for Pesto swirl.  Many of the professional winners are from small bakeries so check out whether any is near you: http://www.worldbreadawards.com/competition/winners/

Winner of the Amateur section was Andy Munarriz (@AndyMunarriz) who looks to be a great cook as well as a world class baker.

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Turkish Pide

I first made this when my neighbour came back from Cyprus with a loaf and it has been a favourite ever since.  I have been making it as a three plait, photo left, but it is actually a flatbread so this weekend I made a more traditional version using this recipe (with the addition of fennel seeds to the nigella and sesame): http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/12772/turkish+pide.  Needless to say delicious, especially warm and dipped in olive oil and Balsamic.  One of the breads we are making Nov 8th on our flat (and flattish) bread course; only one place left!

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New courses, demonstrations, dates and times!

We have added lots more dates, times and courses to respond to growing demand and suggestions from those who have attended our courses.  More details and photos on the Courses and Demonstrations pages but the new ones are:

Breakfast breads; Australian fruit loaf, Brioche and Danish pastries

Bread to impress; Bread twists, Bialy (Polish bagel like roll), fougasse, epi, pretzels/silzers

Flat and flattish breads; Panini, Turkish Pide, flavoured focaccias, stone baked flatbreads

Meals in one; Panini imbottiti (Italian stuffed buns), stuffed and flavoured focaccias, calzone

Course dates go through to December and we have added a mid-week course for those who cannot make a Saturday.  As always, there is some flexibility in dates, times and what we cover so email or call to discuss.

Check out the Feedback page to see what pupils have said about our events and see the Gallery for lots of photos of students bread and happy faces!

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Feedback; new courses

Over 30 people have been on one of our courses now and over 20 have attended an evening demonstration.  Feedback is overwhelmingly positive with scores over 4.9/5 for the courses and over 4.8 for the demonstrations.

Comments from the classes:

“A wonderful day.  Not just the breadmaking (which was great-v. hands on) but the coffee and the lunch too.  Highly recommended” Helen

“Totally recommend the course; learned the mysteries of panettone and had a wonderful time” Dri

“Fabulous day-thank you!  As a novice breadmaker, I learned a lot and had great fun.  Thanks for your welcome hospitality and lovely lunch/afternoon tea” VM

“A truly fantastic day.  I havn’t seen Dad laugh so much in  ages-brilliant!.  You could not have been more welcoming-what a great day” Penny

“Loved the day.  Highly recommend it to anyone new to baking.  Small group so lots of attention given to all” Leo

“Such a good day-so much information delivered in a practical and fun way and some really delicious breads to take home” Caroline I.

“This was an excellent course!  I could not believe how easy it was to make the bread.  Neil was a great teacher and I would recommend this to anyone.  Great gift”  Tegan

“I am a complete beginner but found the course easy to follow, very informative and useful and delivered in a relaxed style” David

Comments from the demonstrations:

“A wonderful evening”  Sian

“Great fun for a group of friends; brilliant value for money”  Helen

“A big thank you from Royston Ladies Circle – we had a fantastic fun filled evening and baked a lovely selection of breads”  Alex

“Very proud of what a bunch of novices could achieve with the right guidance”  Anon

Pupils have made suggestions for new classes and we will now be offering:

Breakfast breads; Australian fruit loaf, brioche and Danish pastries

Bread to impress; Bread twists, Bialy (Polish bagel like roll), fougasse, epi, pretzels and silzers

Flat and flattish breads; Panini, Turkish Pide, flavoured focaccias, stone baked flatbreads

Meals in one; Panini imbottiti (Italian stuffed buns), stuffed and flavoured focaccias, calzone

Details to follow

Checking out Aussie bread

Off to Oz for a while so may not respond to emails etc as quickly as usual but if you are interested in a class please email me anyway and I will answer as soon as I can.  Availability of places updated on Course page.

Dates for your diary:

10 May, Barkway market, all day.  Full range of breads, chocolate treats and Tobys’ award winning cheeses plus really fun day in the grounds of the manor house.

14 June, Bassingbourn market, 10-12, hopefully on the green.

Hope it stays sunny for you