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Flour …

I’ve written about the flour from the excellent Stoate’s Mill before. It really is fantastic for both yeasted breads and sourdoughs. We’ve always managed to visit the mill in person for our previous purchases, and it’s worth a detour for its picturesque setting. But this time we have no scheduled journeys anywhere near, so mail order it was.

Very good service from Big Barn, who handle the orders. But to our horror, although our 8kg bags of rye and malted flours were fine, the 25kg bag was apparently wholemeal, not the strong white that we’d ordered.

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Phoenix Bakery Sourdough Course (1)

Ever since the Cake and Bake Show, when we saw Aidan Chapman demonstrating his sourdough techniques, we’ve been looking forward to attending one of his courses.

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Monday Baking School is held on the last Monday of every month. We had high hopes, but Aidan exceeded all our expectations. It was superb. Twenty four hours later, we’re still both buzzing.
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The Cake and Bake Show (1)

We won a pair of tickets to the Cake and Bake Show at Earls Court, courtesy of Andrew Webb, editor of the very wonderful lovefood.com.

We weren’t at all sure of what the show would be like. We’re enthusiastic breadmakers and I’m (perhaps too) fond of pies, but cakes aren’t our forte. We needn’t have worried. It was great. In fact, one day wasn’t nearly enough to see all that we wanted and to attend all of the demonstrations that we would have liked.

Plus, to add a dash of celebrity to the proceedings, the contestants from The Great British Bake Off were there.

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