Team Bake-off and Baking area

Gather your wits for the Team Bake-off.

The limit is your imagination, the rules fluid, the judging kind.

The weekend starts with a Friday evening baking session session introducing you to the baking area. Bake-off teams are formed from people interested in the different aspects of producing baked goods and you can sign up at any time over the weekend. There will be baking sessions run by a different person each day and we will be baking the bread for the cafe.

You may want to fire an earth oven, or be more interested in foraging wild ingredients. You may have opinions on recipes or baking techniques including correct oven temperature. It’s a fun, social thing with the ‘Grand Final’ to work towards. You can put the practical skills you learn to use, or just enjoy the workshops.

Progress through the workshops

You will have access to loads of different kinds of ovens including a large LPG catering oven, Ed’s biochar rocket oven, an earth and cob oven and a large woodburning oven made from steel by The Fireweaver. Julian will also be giving a talk on designing and installing woodburners. We will have a delivery of seasoned hardwood. Bonus points for skillfully using the woodburning ovens especially the earth one…

Each team will have access to anything they bring or forage themselves, a limited range of pre-bought ingredients including Heritage grains to grind, cake making equipment including clean catering surfaces, bowls and tins and space to store and prepare.

Select your Heritage flour, learn about Sourdough starters and baking, forage and gather ingredients to prepare for the Grand final on Sunday where you will fire your ovens, Bake-Off and have your baking judged by popular acclaim. There is a prize for the winners…

There will be wise people about to advise on different methods of leavening and cooking.