Bread masterclass with Hole & Corner

The festive season is fast approaching. A time for slowing down, relaxing and enjoying the simple things. And definitely a time for eating. Making bread combines all of those things (more of that shortly).

We’re very proud to be welcoming Hole & Corner magazine into our King’s Road gallery space, Platform, for a series of magical festive events from 5-7 December. They’re going to turn it into a forest and we can’t wait to see the results.

There will be a wine tasting, an edible wreath-making masterclass and, excitingly, a masked feast hosted by The Museum of British Folklore, with drinks by The Herball and delicious food by The Disapearing Dining Club. Find out more here.

Another event for passionate and enthusiastic foodies, the award-winning Suffolk based Pump Street Bakery will be hosting a Sourdough Starter Masterclass on Saturday 7 December. The best bread needs the best yeast and you’ll discover what it takes to create and maintain the perfect sourdough starter. Take your own jar home, along with tips to bake the perfect artisan loaf at home.

Today we’re catching up with the lovely Jo Brennan, manager of Pump Street Bakery. She shares her top five sourdough tips…

Scrummy sourdough

‘Enjoy a wedge of fresh sourdough with your favourite soup, make toasted croutons with the end of a loaf!

Toast a thick slice of sourdough and cover it in sliced banana, drizzle over melted dark chocolate and sprinkle with nuts.

Use two thin slices to make a toasted cheese sandwich with your favourite melty cheese, roasted vegetable and herb (mushroom, fontina and parsley is a favourite of mine).

Scatter sourdough breadcrumbs, fried with bacon and thyme, over spaghetti and olive oil, then cover generously with grated parmesan (inspiration from Nigel Slater).

Cut the crusts cut off and make a hearty bread pudding, either sweet or savoury.’

Pump Street Bakery in the village of Orford, on the Suffolk coast, was founded in November 2010 by father and daughter team Chris and Joanna Brennan. It is the result of Chris’ years developing his skills as a self-taught baker, and Joanna’s enthusiasm for all things gourmand. Chris manages the baking team, while Joanna takes care of the shop and cooks for the café.

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