We are lucky enough to have an AMAZING place called FlourFlower in Kerikeri. It's custom built for lots of things, but for us, the exciting bit is that they have a brand spanking new commercial kitchen, where they hold courses, or you can hire it out to use for cooking your own things, or anything really. You think of a reason you might need it and you can use it.
We heard they were holding a Sourdough course so we booked in for it.
It was brilliant.
And we learned LOADS
There were 6 'pupils' and we pretty much worked all day from about 8.15am right through till 4pm. But at the end of the day we had made foccacia, a traditional loaf, a wholemeal loaf, a lot of naan breads and doughnuts. AND we left clutching our sourdough starters that we were given by Keith - our tutor.
( it's over 10 years old!)
I've tried bread making quite a lot, but have never really mastered it and know that I am totally terrible at kneeding! Lloyd got the hang of it really quickly. I didn't! But I did improve.
We came home completely inspired to make more bread - after we've managed to get through the load that we came home with - and also to go on any more courses they're holding.
And, to join Kerikeri Cooking Club. Which sounds like a lot of fun.
I think we were most inspired by the foccacia and the round, traditional loaves. These will be first on our agenda.