2015: Sourdough classes at Cookery School, London

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This is a sourdough loaf from one of my classes at Cookery School, Little Portland St, London… see below, or go to the Cookery School website for details of how to book your place at the next one…

I teach “hands-on” sourdough baking classes at Cookery School, Little Portland Street, London W1 several times a year, and the next one will be on Saturday 24th January 2015.

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, Cookery School can send you a gift certificate when you book, so that  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.

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Diary date: 10th World Marmalade Awards, Saturday 28th February & Sunday 1st March 2015

Dalemainpeterspictures-139I 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).

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A day with Dan Lepard: Lewes October Feast, 30th September 2014

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*Thanks to everyone who came to the events in Lewes and made it such a great day (and evening!). I’ll be leaving this post up for a while to let readers see some of the things I do when I’m not busy writing or baking.

On Tuesday 30th September, I’m doing a very special day down in Lewes, in East Sussex (about 10 miles east of Brighton, and 60 miles south of central London (70 minutes by train from V ictoria). All three events are at The Hearth Bakehouse, Eastgate, Lewes, and tickets can be booked through them, phone 01273 470755 or go to www.thehearth.co

10.30am, Tuesday 30th September: Bread Made Simple: If you’ve never even made a loaf, or if your bread comes out crummy, this demonstration class will get you on a (bread) roll. We’ll use a very easy recipe, made with affordable, supermarket ingredients, and produce a light textured, moist and well-flavoured bread with barely any kneading or shaping. You’ll leave thinking “that’s a bread I can make at home”.

2.30pm, Tuesday 30th September: The Big (Cake) Bang Theory: Plagued by dry and disappointing cakes? Never again! This is how to harness the wisdom of our grandmothers to make a moist and amazing cake that avoids the chemistry-set ingredients used in shop-bought alternatives… how to apply the science behind natural ingredients to make the cake you’ve always wanted. The answer may surprise you, but you’ll learn how to make the best chocolate cake ever!

7.30pm, Tuesday 30th September: Dinner with Dan: Dan will be your host for an intimate evening, with the chance to hear him talk about baking, answer your questions, and enjoy food and a glass of Prosecco.

The menu for the evening is: bagna cauda with crisp vegetables, sourdough bread; slow-roast shoulder of pork, rolled with sage, lemon and garlic; or borlotti bean and mushroom casserole; baked polenta chips, buttered veg and potatoes roasted with stock; tiramisu or apple tart; coffee; + a glass of prosecco.

At all three events, Dan will be selling and signing copies of his books, so this is also an opportunity to complete your collection or find that perfect Christmas gift for the baker in your family.

Tickets are priced at £20 for one daytime event, or £35 for both;  and Dinner with Dan at £40. Booking, as noted above, through The Hearth, phone 01273 470755 or go to www.thehearth.co