This fun yet thorough workshop emphasizes the benefits of slow fermentation, wholegrain ingredients, and process consciousness.
An advanced understanding of bread-making’s core principles are covered while apprenticing in a fully functional artisan bake-house. Step by step explanations of all one needs to know is learnt with a glass of wine in hand, while novices and experienced bakers are catered for equally.
And/or every last Thursday and Friday of the month, unless otherwise specified.
Group bookings with alternative dates are considered gladly.
The venue is on my stoep in Baardskeerdersbos, a little over two hours from Cape Town. The oven is a 3 x 2 m wood fired brick oven and the stoep table is as long.
A minimum 50% non-refundable deposit is required 14 days in advance.
Upon confirmation you will receive notes that are best studied before the workshop. Bake simple recipes at home and experiment in order to benefit from and enjoy the workshop optimally.
The first day starts at 09:30 and includes a light pizza lunch (bring along your secret ingredient to win the Killer Pizza Contest!). On the second day we will be slow roasting something juicy as the oven warms up, and sit down at the stoep’s long table while the breads rise. Ideas and ingredients from foodies are most welcome.
This is the main bake day and early risers may join from 06:00 with the lighting of the fire and mixing of the first batches of dough. The day ends with the breads being sold on the local Stanford Sunset Market from 18:00 to 20:00, where music and wine tasting, friendly faces (and more food!) bring an end to the rewarding day.
The Saturday morning market at the farmers union pub is also worth staying for, as are the many remote and unpopulated beaches of the unspoiled coastline.
Other nature-based experiences in the area over the weekend include hiking, trail runs, mountain biking, etc. as well as the Stanford and Elim wine routes.
Good meals are served at any one of the local pubs that are within walking distance, not that there are any road blocks!