Spreading the loaves
Today was a fun day, featuring a thoroughly informal and just as thoroughly entertaining class on how to make bread. Eight friends and acquaintances received a lesson on making a honey whole-wheat bread. Two of them thought that they would just observe but we had them up to their elbows in flour along with the rest of the group in no time flat.
It was raucous and messy and fast-paced. Lots of questions (good ones!) and lots of interest. At the end, we helped Joan clean up her kitchen and get things put back to rights. Afterward, everyone took their shaped and panned dough home for the final rise and baking. I've already seen a couple of FB posts.
The format was simple. Everyone brought their own utensils and I supplied the ingredients since I need to clean out the pantry anyway. I had a sheet with the recipe and instructions printed up for each student, along with another tip sheet that, among other things, referenced TFL. I had everyone weighing and measuring after a minimal intro, then used the autolyze time to go into a bit more detail and field questions. There was one bobble, mine, while assembling the final dough, in that I forgot to have them put the butter in the dough. So much for practicing mise en place! Anyway, it was a good opportunity to demonstrate that just about any mistake is recoverable and that adjustments are inevitable even without mistakes.
We used the time for the bulk ferment to munch on a loaf of Sweet Vanilla Challah that I had brought along for that purpose, along with the demo loaf of the honey whole-wheat that I had prepared in advance. Bonus discovery of the day: challah smeared with Nutella and coconut butter is way more than just good. Next time you're in Florida, pick up a jar of the coconut butter. Just sayin'.
I'm pretty sure that at least one or two will use this as a launch pad for further baking on their own. Even if it doesn't become something that they choose to do consistently, they at least have the knowledge that they can make bread on their own. And that it can be a lot of fun. That's a good thing to have.