At the Bread of Life (2) workshop

Plaits, twists, no, they aren't ways of styling long hair but ways of shaping bread dough.

Clovers, twists, plaits, fans and crescents

At the second part of the Bread of Life workshop, my jolly crew pummelled and pounded their way though yeasted dough, proofed and punched them and finally shaped them into crescents, fans, clovers (including a couple of lucky clovers), the aforementioned plaits, twists and plain buns.

Plain buns - all they need are some juicy patties

Then there was a dead easy bread made with a batter dough. This one doesn't need you to flex a single muscle but still bakes itself into a delightfully tangy, cheesy loaf!

Cheese bread

There was a mound of sweet dough which were shaped into these rosebuds...


...and a delicious Swedish tea ring.

It was 10 years ago that I did the Bread of Life series for the first time. It still remains one of my favourite workshops. English poet Robert Browning was so right when he wrote,"If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens."


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