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Making real bread

For those of you who follow me on twitter or have come to one of my secret afternoon teas, you’ll know that I spend a lot of time baking. But I tend to do more sweet baking – cakes and patisserie – and don’t really ever make bread. It’s probably a weakness in my baking reportoire (as Mary and Paul would say!) So when Carole from Love Bread in Calderdale tweeted me about the next bread workshop I didn’t have to think twice.

LoveBread is a not-for-profit social enteprise, set up in January this year that aims to provide real bread for the local community of Brighouse, Rastrick and Calderdale. They bake with schools and community groups to promote the benefits of real bread.

And what a great day it’s been. There were six of us altogether and two very passionate bread experts showing us how to master three different loaves and how to use one to make a focaccia. In Carole’s words ‘you can’t fail with bread … there’s always a solution.’ I think today showed me that bread isn’t time-consuming and there’s nothing to be afraid of.

The sponge made by Carole earlier which gives a depth of flavour and texture

Making the olive oil bread

Olive oil bread ready for the oven

Turning some of the olive oil bread into focaccia

Lunch!

Seeded brown on the rise!

The seeded browns

Making honey and spelt bread

The end results

So if anyone wants to give real bread a try I would definitely recommend LoveBread. The workshop lasts approximately four hours and you make three different types of bread, you get lunch and refreshments which includes delicious homemade cake and you go home with bags of bread as well as all the recipes including the sponge starter. What a great way to spend a Sunday and all for only £20!

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