I spent a day with my son last weekend learning to bake sourdough bread with Joe Fitzmaurice of RiotRye Bakery in Cloughjordan. I know his family for years (having been a customer a long time ago of Blazing Salads when it was in Powerscourt) and got to know him over the last 4 or 5 years as he reestablished his business in Irelands most famous eco-village. He is also a founding member of Real Bread Ireland.
The course was 7 hours long and it flew. Over the course of the day we made 6 loaves each – 2 each of wheat, rye and spelt sourdoughs. The wheat needs the most loving so we started on that and worked it each 30 minutes until it was ready for the oven.
The other two we mixed and prepared straight away 🙂
I am mostly going to tell this story with the photos I took – keeping in mind that for most of the day your hands are covered in dough/flour so there is no way to take your phone out and snap!
There is also a video towards the end where Joe explains more about his (slightly famous in bread baking circles) wood fired brick oven.
Strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn and enjoy bread.
thanks to Joe and Julie for the day. Much enjoyed, much learned. More here and book a course for yourself online.