Making a Cob Oven Sept 2013

On the 21st Sept we met up and started to build our Community Cob Oven with the help of Simon Blackwell (from the Great British Bake Off) and some local London residents.  We continued the fun hard work on the 28th Sept for the second layer. This is what we have done so far…

bottles small    fire bricks small    sand dome 2 small

making cob small    cobs halfway small    building cobs small

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Please contact us if you would like to be involved! hornbeambakers@gmail.com

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Baking Workshops programme Sept 2013- Jan 2014

September

*special* Building a Cob Oven with Simon Blackwell  Sat 21st September

VENUE: Blackhorse Workshop, 1-2 Sutherland Path, between Blackhorse lane and Sutherland Rd E17

11am – 5pm £25 ONLY! Limited places so book fast!

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We are having our first non-baking workshop HOW TO BUILD A COB OVEN with Simon Blackwell

A cob oven is a simple, hand-made, wood-fired oven that can be made by anyone. Join us and learn how to build your own outdoor oven using “cob” a natural building material made by mixing clay, straw, water and subsoil with your feet. In this workshop we will go through practical steps involved in building an outdoor oven. By the end of the course you will have the skills and confidence to go away and build your own!

Simon is passionate about traditional cob ovens and their potential for encouraging community involvement. He builds cob ovens, benches, hot tubs and sweat lodges, and holds workshops and courses in cob oven building and baking and pizza making. Since appearing on “The Great British Bake Off” Simon has been combining his love of baking with his passion for sustainable building, in particular by teaching people how to build their own Cob ovens.

Don’t miss this community fun, chance to get messy and muddy
and learn ancient building skills.

Email: hornbeambakers@gmail.com to book your place

October

*back by popular demand*Shaping Breads with Raju Sun 6th oct

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential

Do you want to learn the basic, intermediate and more advanced fundamental techniques and styles of shaping dough to create beautiful bread?

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We will be learning:

Pre and final shaping techs such as rounding, pulling and rolling.

Different styles of shaping such as rolls, batards, Kaiser, Epi, Plaiting/braiding..

Cutting and scoring techniques for final baking

By the end of the workshop you will receive various shaped breads to keep or share and some valuable skills to take away with you for the next time!

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*back by popular demand*Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon – Sun 13th Oct

VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm Cost  £30 Booking essential.

Using sourdough culture is an ancient way of making bread. Come to learn the basics of this wonderful technique to bake incredibly nutritious and tasty loaves. You will learn to make sourdough starters and sponges and experiment with different doughs. By the end of the workshop your own handmade sourdough loaf will be ready to take home together with your own starter for future baking, recipes and a handful of new skills.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

 

*beginners*Baking a Basic Loaf with Pilar Sun 27th Oct

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VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Flour, water, yeast and salt. The magic ingredients for a good loaf of nutritious bread.

This session is for those of you who want to learn the very basics of bread baking or who need a little help with your confidence as bakers or some reassurance for what you’re already doing.

We will be baking a wholewheat loaf (or spelt if you have intolerance). While we wait for the dough to rise we will experiment with different doughs, we’ll tell bread stories and you’ll have a chance to grind your own flour with our stone mill. By the end of the workshop you will receive your own handmade loaf, some other treats and basic recipes from the Hornbeam Bakers’ Collective to carry on your baking journey.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

November

*back by popular demand*Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon– Sun 3rd and 10th Nov

VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm Cost  £30 Booking essential.

Using sourdough culture is an ancient way of making bread. Come to learn the basics of this wonderful technique to bake incredibly nutritious and tasty loaves. You will learn to make sourdough starters and sponges and experiment with different doughs. By the end of the workshop your own handmade sourdough loaf will be ready to take home together with your own starter for future baking, recipes and a handful of new skills.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*special*Alternative Baking – Gluten Free with Raju Sun 17th Nov

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VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm £30 Booking essential.

We will be using only gluten free flours (such as buckwheat, rice, chestnut, millet, quinoa, tapioca, potato and lentil flours) to create baked goods, learning how to work with these flours a little differently than we would with wheat.

We will be making a basic loaf, pizza and sweet, naughty and nice treats.

This course is perfect for people who have intolerances or allergies to gluten, those who want to reduce their intake of wheat and use varied grains or learn how to bake for their intolerant friends. This will also be a great opportunity to meet others with similar diets and share ideas and recipes.

We will use both organic yeast, naturally fermented yeast (starter cultures) and non-yeast recipes. We will also use alternatives to sugar and dairy.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*special*Alternative Breads with Raju: Wheat Free Sun 24th Nov

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VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm £30 Booking essential.

We will be using ancient grain spelt, rye and gluten free flours (such as buckwheat, rice, chestnut, millet, quinoa, tapioca, potato and lentil flours) to create breads using alternatives to cultivated common wheat, learning how to work with these flours a little differently than we would with wheat. This course is perfect for people who have intolerances to wheat or gluten, those who want to reduce their intake of wheat and use varied grains or learn how to bake for their intolerant friends.

We will use both organic yeast and naturally fermented yeast (starter cultures), though this workshop focuses on variety of flours rather than sourdough baking.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*NEW* Workshop of our Empowerment & Awareness program:

Diversity & Privilege: Building resilient groups based on true equality with Pilar –  Sat 16th nov

Venue tbc 11 till 4. £30 *No one turned away for lack of funds

Most of us are conscious of the deep crisis our societies and our world as a whole are immersed in; most of us want to do something about it and for that we need to pull together; working in groups can be a deeply rewarding experience and also can be challenging and demanding; we often find ourselves full of good intentions and replicating the destructive patterns we have inherited and internalised. This unconscious behaviour can get on the way of us creating truly diverse, fair and equal groups that can effectively work for social change.

This workshop aims to bringing some new understandings and awareness around those patterns; we don’t usually feel comfortable looking at issues of power and privilege so we are offering a warm and gentle space where these questions can begin to be explored.

We will be sharing experiences, doing exercises, listening to poetry, learning how we can support each other and how we can move forwards with an honest and open heart.

Will be great to see you there!

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

December

 

*back by popular demand*Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon Sun 1 Dec

VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm Cost  £30 Booking essential.

Using sourdough culture is an ancient way of making bread. Come to learn the basics of this wonderful technique to bake incredibly nutritious and tasty loaves. You will learn to make sourdough starters and sponges and experiment with different doughs. By the end of the workshop your own handmade sourdough loaf will be ready to take home together with your own starter for future baking, recipes and a handful of new skills.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*beginners*Baking a Loaf with Pilar Sun 8th Dec

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VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Flour, water, yeast and salt. The magic ingredients for a good loaf of nutritious bread.

This session is for those of you who want to learn the very basics of bread baking or who need a little help with your confidence as bakers or some reassurance for what you’re already doing.

We will be baking a wholewheat loaf (or spelt if you have intolerance). While we wait for the dough to rise we will experiment with different doughs, we’ll tell bread stories and you’ll have a chance to grind your own flour with our stone mill. By the end of the workshop you will receive your own handmade loaf, some other treats and basic recipes from the Hornbeam Bakers’ Collective to carry on your baking journey.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

January

 

*NEW* Pastry 1 with Raju: Doughs Sat 11th Jan

VENUE: TBC

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential

A perfect month for a cold kitchen which is essential for making pastry!

Learn how to make flaky, puff and sweet pastry dough’s for tarts, flans and other treats. No more shrinking, cracking, breaking, greasy pastry!

We will make a perfect crisp apple tart, a tasty wholesome quiche/pie to eat and make your own puff pastry from scratch to take away to make your own treats, learning all the top tips to successful tasty pastry!

Perfecting your pastry takes practice and persistence but it’s totally worth it in the end!

Please book in advance to reserve a place at hornbeambakers@gmail.com

*special*Special Diets Baking: Dairy Free/ Wheat free/Gluten free/Sugar free with Raju Sat 18th Jan

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VENUE: TBC

11-4pm Cost £35* Booking essential *this workshop cost reflects the cost of ingredients and is therefore higher than other workshops

Do you have an allergy, intolerance or just prefer healthy eating? Do you want to learn some methods, techniques, ingredients and recipes in special/alternative diets baking?

This type of baking can seem complicated so why not learn from someone who has good knowledge and experience.

Raju has been running a successful special diets business for nearly 3 years. http://www.naughtyandnicecakes.co.uk

This workshop will cover bread, cakes and cookies. We will be working with a variety of non-wheat, non-gluten, vegan/dairy/egg free and sugar free ingredients such as spelt, rice, buckwheat, corn, nut flours and natural sweeteners, thickeners and binding agents. Any specific requests are welcomed. A basic knowledge in baking is preferred for this workshop as well as enthusiasm to experiment!

By the end of the workshop you will receive some yummy treats, new ideas, recipes and skills to practice and take away with you.

Please book in advance to reserve a place at hornbeambakers@gmail.com

*back by popular demand*Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon– Sun 19th Jan

VENUE: TBC 11-4pm Cost  £30 Booking essential.

Using sourdough culture is an ancient way of making bread. Come to learn the basics of this wonderful technique to bake incredibly nutritious and tasty loaves. You will learn to make sourdough starters and sponges and experiment with different doughs. By the end of the workshop your own handmade sourdough loaf will be ready to take home together with your own starter for future baking, recipes and a handful of new

skills.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

*NEW* Pastry 2 with Raju: Pastries* Sat 25th Jan

VENUE: TBC

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential

A perfect month for a cold kitchen which is essential for making pastry!

Learn how to make flaky croissants and sweet pastries like pain au raisin/pastry whirls from scratch!

Making your own pastry is tricky so some baking knowledge and experience is preferred.

Perfecting your pastry takes practice and persistence but it’s totally worth it in the end! Come and learn how to make your own yummy freshly baked pastries.

*If you want to make your pastries Vegan then just request it!

Please book in advance to reserve a place at hornbeambakers@gmail.com

*beginners*Baking a Loaf with Pilar Sun 26th Jan

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VENUE: TBC

11-4pm Cost £30  Booking essential (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Flour, water, yeast and salt. The magic ingredients for a good loaf of nutritious bread.

This session is for those of you who want to learn the very basics of bread baking or who need a little help with your confidence as bakers or some reassurance for what you’re already doing.

We will be baking a wholewheat loaf (or spelt if you have intolerance). While we wait for the dough to rise we will experiment with different doughs, we’ll tell bread stories and you’ll have a chance to grind your own flour with our stone mill. By the end of the workshop you will receive your own handmade loaf, some other treats and basic recipes from the Hornbeam Bakers’ Collective to carry on your baking journey.

Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

Top Boy Bakers!

ImagePilar, Raju and Felicity from the Collective have just spent three days in the sunshine teaching 20 boys (and 2 girls) how to bake bread and pizza for the Top Boy Bakers project in Walthamstow.

The project came about when boys from the Drive Estate E17 told Sally and Bobby, artists who run the Drawing Shed project on the estate, that they really wanted to learn how to bake bread.

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Over the course of the three days the boys learnt how to mix, knead, prove, plait, roll and bake.  They made loaves in tins which they baked at home, and shaped loaves and rolls, garlic bread and pizzas which were baked in the Drawing Shed’s clay oven, and then eaten each day for lunch.  A lot of cheese was put on a lot of pizzas, and the final day culminated in a big feast of baked goods with Mums, Dads, neighbours and friends joining in.

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The aim of the project was to encourage the boys to bake bread for their families and so the participants in the workshop were given a Top Boys Bakers pack which included an apron decorated by themselves, a recipe book, 2 bread tins, a mixing bowl, a bread scraper, tea towels and enough bread flour and yeast to make six loaves.

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The boys were all lively, enthusiastic and fun to work with. Feedback from them and their parents has been very positive, and the Collective and the Drawing Shed are currently planning more breadmaking workshops on the estate.

The Top Boys Bakers Project was initiated by the Drawing Project, run in collaboration with the Hornbeam Bakers Collective and funded by Walthamstow and Chingford Alms Charity.

The project was filmed by Karimah Ashadu and the finished film will be available on the Drawing Shed’s website www.thedrawingshed.org, together with more information about the Drawing Shed’s work.

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