We went to the True Nature Country Fair in Flat Rock (right outside Hendersonville) on Saturday. I signed up for an artisan bread making class. I’ve been making bread for a while now, but I wanted to get deeper into the whys of it all, to see if I can make bread without a “recipe” per se.
The class was wonderful; he taught us how to let the flour and water sit to autolyse, where the flour will absorb the water all on it’s own, and keep you from making a dry dough. I also learned that the less kneading the better, and to make my dough as wet as I can still work with it. They were going to bake our bread in this awesome cob oven:
…but unfortunately the class took entirely too long, and the oven still had 2 hours to heat up! I’ve been really interesting in regaining some of the skills lost to our generation, and I think making great bread at home is definitely one of those.
I also got to meet, for the first time face to face, a blogger that I read. Ashley English of Small Measure was running a booth on water bath canning. She was gracious and engaging; we had a short conversation on chickens and the neighborhoods of Atlanta (love Decatur anyone?). I picked up a copy of her book Keeping Chickens, and I love it!
What lost skills are you trying to regain?
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