The Stone Bake Team were lucky enough to be invited down to BakeHouse 24 in Ringwood to enjoy a masterclass in bread making. As we are all huge foodies here at Stone Bake HQ, we jumped at the chance to spend an afternoon baking delicious sourdough breads, ciabattas and bagels.
BakeHouse 24 was started up by ‘partners in life, business and crime’ Jo and Pete. They opened their doors on Saturday 19th September 2015 after deciding to make the move down from London. Head baker, Pete, worked in a popular bakery in East London and wanted to bring back all his knowledge of bread to his hometown of Ringwood. They take pride in producing delicious baked goods and specialise in traditional sourdough methods to produce the finest breads, pastries and cakes using locally sourced and organic ingredients.
The day began at 11am- we were all ready and raring to go! We firstly enjoyed a quick introduction from Pete and Jo discussing a bit about their business, however it wasn’t long before our aprons were on and we were mixing up our first batch of dough. We started with the 24sour dough, which is a staple at BakeHouse 24, then moved onto our ciabatta, bagel and baguette dough.
Before we knew it, lunchtime had arrived and Pete was showing us his favourite tomato pizza sauce which was tasty, super quick to whip up and involved no cooking! We were then each given a ball of sourdough and began stretching it out to make our pizza bases to top with the delicious tomato sauce. Our pizzas then went straight into their ovens and once cooked, we generously scattered them with fresh rocket, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and Parmesan.
Once we were all nice and full, we continued with our bread making by adding in the final ingredients and gently kneading them. We then transferred them to a proofing basket, shaped each loaf and finally placed them onto baking trays to proof. Whilst our dough was proofing the team stopped for a quick coffee break, which was accompanied by a delicious BakeHouse24 sweet treat- a personal favourite of ours was the salted caramel tart!
The final part of the day was spent putting our loaves into the ovens. Whilst they were baking, we had the chance to ask Pete some questions about the business and why it’s so good to make your own bread (expect a future blog post on that Stone Bakers!). Within no time, the timers were ringing and out came our fresh, golden bakes. The smell was divine and once they’d cooled, we bundled up all of our delicious creations to take home- we even got to take some of Pete’s sourdough starter!
It’s safe to say we all had a brilliant time at BakeHouse 24- not only did we make bread we also learnt loads of excellent tips, tricks and baking techniques. Classes are available at £80 per head and places get snapped up very quickly, so make sure you keep an eye on their website for when they release more dates. Pete and Jo were so welcoming and made us feel at ease- we would certainly recommend the masterclass to anyone that’s interested in baking or if you just love eating bread!
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