Fermenting foods

An evening of fermentation.  Learn how to ferment a range of vegetables to create refreshing new flavours. Create your own to take away, learn how to combine them into salads, solve the problem of allotment gluts and learn some preserving techniques. This course is for complete beginners and also for people who have already started fermenting but are not completely satisfied with the results. Friday 23rd May and Friday 20th June, 6:30 to 9:30 at the Fermentarium (Sutherland Road Path London E17 6BX). £30. To book a place email : hornbeambakers@gmail.com

Fermenting gherkins - after 2 days

Fermenting gherkins – after 2 days

Priory Court Community Clean Up Event 2 Nov 2013

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Raju from the Hornbeam Bakers Collective held a workshop for the ‘Community Clean Up’ event at Priory Court Community Centre.

The aim of the day was to bring the Community together to help with lots of planned activities around reuse, recycling and skills sharing (whilst saving money) in and around the Community Centre at Priory Court.  There were lots of indoor and outdoor activities with lots of hungry people at lunchtime, including the mayor Nadeem Ali and local residents, who ate bread made by Raju and the bread making participants as well as wholesome soup made by Ruth from the Hornbeam Cafe,

We also handed out recipes with what to do with left over bread. Please email us if you would like a copy!

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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

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).

Bread Baking Workshops May and June 2013

Alternative Breads with Raju – Sun 16th June 

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 but not to gluten, or want to reduce their intake of wheat and use varied grains. though participants who are gluten intolerant are also welcome to join and focus only on GF breads in the workshop. This workshop can also be commercial yeast free (just email us to let us know if you would like that option)

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

 

Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon and David – Sun 9th June and 23nd June

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

11-4pm Cost  £25 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).

Speciality Breads with Raju – Sun 30th June 
 VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH
11-4pm £30 Booking essential. Learn how to create baguettes, ciabatta and focaccia for yourselves! These speciality breads are popular and a delight to bake and eat.  A basic knowledge of bread making is required for this workshop.
Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).

Baking Workshops April – June 2013

Learn how to Bake Bread in 1-5 Sessions! – with Raju: Sats and Suns 24th March – 28th April (see separate post below for more details)

VENUE: MADE IN HACKNEY – 3 Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington London, N16 6PA

Over 5 sessions, starting from basic, progressing to intermediate and advanced, we will learn how to bake bread in many styles and techniques. Learning about key ingredients and stages, how to make basic loaves to baguettes and sourdoughs, various kneading, shaping and scoring techniques, using wheat and alternative non wheat flours with/out yeast and starter cultures to create beautiful organic wholesome bread! Over the weeks you will develop enough skills and knowledge but also useful experience to be able to bake your own bread! You will be working in a small group with instructional and practical hands-on learning. All materials and equipment are provided.

ONLY £200 for 5 sessions or £45 for each individual session.

Spaces are limited so book fast to avoid disappointment.

(see separate post below for more details)

Alternative Breads with Raju: Sun 7th April & Sun 16th June (new date added)

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 but not to gluten, or want to reduce their intake of wheat and use varied grains. though participants who are gluten intolerant are also welcome to join and focus only on GF breads in the workshop. This workshop can also be commercial yeast free (just email us to let us know if you would like that option)

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

 

Sourdough Baking 1 with Simon and David Sun 21st April, 28th April, 9th June and 23nd June

11-4pm Cost  £25 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).

Baking a Loaf with Pilar Sun 19th May

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

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11-4pm Cost £25  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).

Sourdough Baking 2 with Simon and David Sun 26th May

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

11-4pm Cost £25 Booking essential. For people who have done Sourdough Baking 1 or with some experience in sourdough baking, this session will provide a deeper understanding of the technique, teach how to convert any recipe into a sourdough recipe and experiment further with different flours to make starters and loaves. You will take your own sourdough freshly baked bread with you, more recipes, tips, skills and the confidence to keep going!

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

 

Speciality Breads with Raju Sun 30th June (new course added)
VENUE: HORNBEAM CAFE – 458 Hoe St  London, Greater London E17 9AH
11-4pm £30 Booking essential. Learn how to create baguettes, ciabatta and focaccia for yourselves! These speciality breads are popular and a delight to bake and eat.  A basic knowledge of bread making is required for this workshop.
Please book in advance – email hornbeambakers@gmail.com (with the relevant course in the email subject).