A few photos from our weekend in Caernarfon.
It was a weekend of experimentation, six bakers trying things out and, more often than not, saying it wasn’t quite right.
And the first shall be last: Stig did a rescue job on a couple of barms, one beer, one from the dregs of Jay’s most excellent cider + some pot barley cooked in beer I just happened to have in the freezer. She mixed them on Friday night. Saturday morning they looked sad but she did several builds and they were finally baked and looking splendid Sunday afternoon before we left.
Marcus experimented with a lardy cake using solid coconut oil in place of lard. Well, anything is worth a try – its most spectacular point was the amount of black smoke it produced in the oven. That’s when we noticed we had placed the oven directly under the smoke alarm! He made up for it with an excellent version of his famous Red Onion & Dark Wheat Beer Bread substituting cheese for the onion.
The second, a raisin stick flavoured with cumin, caraway and orange zest adapted from a formula in the Bread Bakers Guild of America’ quarterly magazine, was more successful. Needs a little more work.
Having a small group working and staying in the same B&B was really successful and Gert’s fabulous food was a considerable bonus. We are slowly putting together an overall blog to cover all the Bethesdabakin’ events so I hope we can put together a longer record with other bakers contributions and photos, maybe recipes in the near future.
Marcus’ account http://blog.bakers-row.com/2014/03/north-wales-bread-weekender/