Becoming a Bread Angel

I spent a fabulous two days with Bread Angel Juli Farkas a couple of weeks ago and learned SO MUCH about baking bread.  As I am planning to sell beer bread at the Hammerton Brewery once a month, I thought I should get my act together and take the Setting Up a Micro-Bakery Course.  It was utterly brilliant.

Before I met Juli, we exchanged some emails about how much bread baking experience I had, and what I wanted to get from the course.  When Juli heard that I was planning on making bread with beer she was on the case STAT, rummaging around in her bread books for recipes.  So the first thing we did when I got to her lovely welcoming kitchen was to make a beer barm from a bottle of Hammerton’s Life on Mars to a Dan Lepard recipe…

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If only I had Smellovision installed on my blog, this smelled DIVINE.  We were excited to see how the bread made with this turned out, and it was SO GOOD.  I’m fiddling around with the recipe, but the Loaf on Mars (geddit?) made to this method will definitely be on the menu for the brewery.  Here are a few loaves I made last week…

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My slashing pattern for the Loaf on Mars is a zigzag…

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ha ha!  Every time I bake it now, I will have some Bowie on the stereo…

At Juli’s house over two days we drank a lot of tea, ate stacks of her delicious bread, and made A LOT OF LOAVES…

Here are a few photos from the weekend…

I was very pleased with my plaiting!
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Loved Juli’s bread book with all her formulas…
This photo will probably only make sense to sourdough nuts like me...
This photo will probably only make sense to sourdough nuts like me…
That bread's got my name on it!
That bread’s got my name on it!
Apricot and hazelnut bread
Apricot and hazelnut bread
Just a few of the loaves I made over the weekend...
Just a few of the loaves I made over the weekend…
Juli and me
Juli and me

I am so pleased to have met Juli and spent two days at her lovely home gossiping about bread, making bread and eating bread.  What a weekend!  She has kindly invited me back this Wednesday for some “shape and slash” training.  Can’t wait…

There’s a sweet post on the Virtuous Bread site welcoming me to the Bread Angels fold and I am loving being part of this community so much.  If you want to learn about making bread or are thinking of setting up a micro-bakery,  I cannot recommend Juli’s courses highly enough.  If you would like to know more about the Bread Angels movement, click here…

The motto of the Bread Angels is “Bake Well.  Do Good.”  I love it.

Like the Brownie Guides would say, I promise that I will do my best…

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