25 June, 2022
Sourdough workshop proves popular for Armatree CWA
By Kate Thomas
The idea of baking sourdough conjures thoughts of flour caked kitchen tops, white chef hats and crusty loaves rising in a hot oven.
Oh, and a cosy, enticing smell. The work of master bakers. When in reality, baking sourdough is much simpler than you might think.
All you need is three ingredients: a starter, flour and
water. Plus, a pinch of time.
That’s what 32 individuals learnt at the Armatree
Country Women’s Association (CWA) rooms on
Saturday, May 21, 2022.
Over one afternoon, eager sourdough makers of varied
experience levels watched as organisers Jenny
Bradley and Cath Peart mixed, folded, proofed, folded
again, until sourdough appeared.
After a conversation on a chilly morning between
the two instructors led to questions about how each
other made their dough, they thought that others might
have similar bread making questions.
With the support
of Armatree CWA, it was decided to host the free community
“We wanted to do a community event to bring people
together and have fun,” said Mrs Bradley.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting messages from people
telling me how they are going with their sourdough.
Everyone’s sending pictures. The feedback has been
Community members who entered as bread enthusiasts
left as inspired future bread makers. Everyone
could take a starter (instead of using active dry yeast
like in other bread recipes, sourdough bread uses a
starter) and were given recipes for simple sourdough
Local sourdough makers are on the rise, so you might soon be able to sniff out that cosy and enticing smell.