Sunday, 30 December 2012
Saxton's home bakery
This is a fine white sourdough that I baked when I attended a bread course offered by Mick Saxton. I had a lovely day and 1-1 tuition. I would have loved to attended such a course when I was setting our in baking my own bread. That said, I gained a lot from chatting about bread and seeing how a more experienced baker organised himself in a home kitchen.
I found myself nervous as I knocked on the front door but was met with a warm welcome and a light breakfast. Mick's wife joined us and we had a good conversation before making our way through to the kitchen. the day is well structured with two loaves being produced - a white sourdough and a rye and sunflower seed. Between the actual baking sessions Mick shared his knowledge about how to produce and maintain a sourdough starter, recipes and hydration calculations. we also made some muffins on the stove top.
I mentioned the course to a work colleague who was more of a beginner and she also attended the course with a friend and found it really instructive. If you live near Sheffield I would heartily recommend it.