I have become a little obsessed of late with making bread. But apparently I’m not the only one. I know this because when I asked a few friends and family if they would fancy joining me on a bread making course, they nearly bit my hand off!
LoveBread is a not-for-profit community supported bakery who make and sell artisan bread, as well as offering breadmaking workshops for schools and community groups. What’s more, they will organise a private session if you have a small group interested in learning together. So, last weekend, seven of us made our way to the Lovebread bakehouse in Brighouse to whip up some lovely loaves!
On the menu was Rye & Caraway loaf, Olive Fougasse and Oat Soda Bread. Carole was our mentor for the morning and showed us how to make each loaf step by step, before letting us loose to create our own. She was on hand throughout, fielding the many questions we kept firing at her!
Carole showing us how to prepare our fougasse; adding the fillings; giving the fougasse its signature holes; the finished breads!
Carole taught us some great techniques during our session such as the ‘slap and fold’ method of kneading, as used by Richard Bertinet, and how to fold and tension our loaves to get the best rise. These were the key things I took away from the session.
Using a proving banneton; the rye breads ready to go into the oven; the trusty LoveBread oven; our gorgeous loaves fresh from the oven.
We came home with this little lot – my husband and I both went on the course so this is the fruits of both our labours! The fougasse went down incredibly well with the kids! I also came home with two proving bannetons to make my breads into those lovely artisan shapes, plus a scraper which is a god-send for getting your dough off the worktop and means you don’t need to constantly flour the surface.
Goodbye sliced white bread!
If you want to learn to make real bread on a LoveBread workshop, or want to book your own private session, get in touch with Carole via the LoveBread website or through twitter @Lovebread_. I really recommend it!
LoveBread will also be selling their bread at Brighouse’s 1940’s weekend on 1st and 2nd June.