Last night Liz and I headed out to Bordeaux Quay, where about 4 months ago, we’d booked a cooking class. It was my birthday present to Liz (back in March) so nothing like a bit of a delayed reaction!
It was thoroughly excellent and I learnt absolutely loads. Including a new technique for kneading which immensely improved the lightness of my loaves and the time I spend kneading. I have also had some strict instructions on how to keep my sour dough starters alive. We may move onto Lorraine Mk3 in the next few weeks.
And fresh doughnuts are a world apart from the cheap shop bought ones. Truly lovely.
We made a basic white bread dough but instead of making a loaf, we made it into the Fougasse bread (above) and this French quiche type thing (below) (I forget the name but it starts with a F)
And, due to this new kneading technique, my brown/multi seed loaf, came out as light and fluffy as could be. Delicious, I had it for breakfast this morning with fried eggs.
A thoroughly excellent course and I would be keen to look at the 4 week course that Kate (our instructor) taught.
Obviously, all this bread is totally breaking my low carb habits and I am struggling a little bit with that. It definitely makes me feel a bit weighed down! Still, as a once a week treat, fresh, homemade bread is just lovely!