As well as the crucial matter of pressing the apples, another reason Gill & Jay invited a couple of friends over for the weekend is they are setting up a new microbakery and the equipment is in place!
Unlike my stumbling into bakedom an additional kilo of flour at a time, Jay has actually done some planning. Not only that, he has successfully made grant applications for machinery:
A Hausler, single phase, four tray deck oven in the living room if you please. This beast would fill my kitchen if you could get it in in the first place. And then there wouldn’t be room to use it…
The laptop doesn’t come with the mixer but, unlike my old battler, it comes on wheels, the motor housing tilts up lifting the spiral out of the bowl, and the bowl is detachable. Takes all the fun out of it if you ask me. I mean I hand-mixed about 23 kilos of dough last night (including one at nearly 7K) plus another 5K this morning rather than get the mixer dirty.
In attendance at the weekend was Joe Firebeard and Marcus of the diehards plus a young friend of Gill and Jay’s, Sean and his partner.
Marcus sporting his Movember moustache and swearing it was coming off the following day.
Joe was on form (and on the yeast) with baguettes, epis and a dragon’s tail plus his party piece this time:
Well – worth a try – the idea was to bake a dough inside the ingredient, if you see what I mean.