For Christmas mum got me a days bread making with 'Cracking Good Food' (http://www.crackinggoodfood.org), who are a 'social enterprise that promotes cooking from scratch using sustainable and seasonal ingredients'. I'd been looking forward to it for a while, so when Mum rang whilst I was sat at the station waiting for my train back to Chester saying that it might be cancelled because the place that it was being held had gone bust that day, I was pretty upset! All's well that ends well though, they managed to sort a last minute venue to change to the local high school which worked really well.
Our tutor, Rob was fantastic. He was really knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. He told us all the science behind a loaf of bread, and well as lots of other helpful tips!
The first thing that we made was a loaf with pumpkin seeds and linseed. Mum used heritage flour and I used Einkorn flour. Hers rose loads! Despite being told to pretend that we were putting a baby into a cot, we were both a bit heavy handed putting our bread into the tin, so they didn't rise as well as they could have. Still tasted good though!
Then we made a focaccia. We stuffed it with sundried tomatoes, garlic and olives, and topped it with rosemary and red onions. Mum went a bit overboard with the salt though!
We finished off by making a rye bread with caraway, topped with poppy seeds. Me and mum decided to use a whole lot of rye flour which theoretically meant that it shouldn't really have risen, but it rose more than anyone's. Hooray! I scored mine before the second prove, and mum after. After worked best.
Rob gave us some of his sourdough culture to take home, so that's next weekends job!
Afterwards we went to 'Unicorn', (basically a hippy supermarket!). I loved it! Mum bought a whole trolly load of stuff, but I managed to restrain due to not wanting to take a bag bigger than me back with me on the train tomorrow!
Now I've got this baby asleep on my bed as well.
All in all, a very, very excellent day.