e5 Bakehouse in the Alpujarras
Saturday 30th March - Saturday 6th April 2019
It's always a special joy to work with people like those good folk at the E5 Hackney Bakehouse. They're just good guys, plain and simple. They know what they want in terms of quality, and pursue their objectives with graft, panache and vision, yet without ever having to compromise on their rock-solid beliefs in tradition and sustainability. In a conveyor-belt world of insipid, identikit baking it's refreshing to see such success, proof, perhaps, if this isn't straining the metaphor, that you can have your cake and eat it.
And this really is such a deeply satisfying course. Ben, the owner/founder of the Bakehouse, is a generous, talented teacher whose enthusiasm for his subject is matched by his deep knowledge, and so you'll come away with a real understanding of the whole baking process, as well as the techniques required to reproduce the processes at home. On the first day you'll begin with an initiation into the mysteries of sourdough, and how to nurture the precious leaven. The following sessions will be full on kneading and baking, learning how best to prepare the Hackney Wild, as well as ciabatta, bagels and rye bread. And not to forget the most heavenly pizza dough, which we cook outside in an olive-wood oven.
It goes without saying that throughout the week there is a lot of on-going Quality Control, for few amongst us have the discipline or desire to resist the aroma of fresh-baked bread. However, any calory gain is more than offset by the number of walks we have planned, and each day we encourage participants to join us on rambles across the hillsides, as long or as short as you require. Some of these will involve foraging, for the arrival of Spring brings masses of edible leaves and herbs which our local cooks will identify and prepare for your dinner, and also fruit picking, for the trees will be full of oranges, and if we're lucky and it rains at the right time, the fields will be full of wild asparagus.
Please contact us if you need more details, or talk direct to the staff at the Bakehouse.
The cost for the week is 1075 euros. This includes all transfers to and from Malaga airport, full board and tuition costs.