This is a sourdough loaf from one of my classes at Cookery School, Little Portland St, London… see the post below, or go to the Cookery School website for details of how to book your place at the next one…
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the sourdough baker in your life, or if you’re dropping hints to your family about what you might like for Christmas, my first class in 2015 will be on Saturday 24th January 2015 and if ask Cookery School to send you a gift certificate when you book, you’ll have something tangible to give to the happy recipient.
Classes start at 9.00am sharp, and run till approximately 4.30pm, and cover all the stages from making and keeping a healthy leaven through to the finished loaves coming out of the oven. We’ll look at different aspects of sourdough baking, and how best to use your leaven at home, and work together on how to create that perfect result. There is also time to talk about your own baking with me, either over the traditional Cookery School lunch, or at the end of the day, and to tackle any problems you may be having with your sourdough baking.
I was up at Dalemain Mansion in Cumbria again this year, taking part in the 2014 World Marmalade Awards judging and the winners’ presentation. While I was there I held a breadmaking demonstration, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales going to support the Awards.
The Awards are one of my favourite events in the year, as they not only encourage people to keep making great marmalade at home, but give small-scale ‘artisan’ producers the chance to shine, and to be judged against the best of their competitors. And behind all that, the event raises a stack of money for two of my favourite charities, Hospice at Home, and Action Medical Research (the Paddington Bear charity).