The Great Delft Mama Bake-off
Hosted by Nathan and Tarja
The Netherlands, the Low Countries. Home to dykes, bikes, clogs and croquettes. But most importantly for this story, iconic home for centuries to windmills. And that means home to the most wonderful flour near at hand. If you live in the Netherlands, there’s a good chance you live within moderate striking distance of a windmill that grinds its own flour. (If you live here in Delft, the Delft Windmill — http://www.delftsemolen.nl — uses traditional methods to make stone-ground, organic flour and you can even watch them in action if you visit on Thursdays.) And that makes the Netherlands a wonderful place to learn to bake bread. I started baking less than a year after arriving in the Netherlands and I’ve now been making all our family bread for more than 2 years, from loaves for weekly lunches to bread for special occasions. It’s been a wonderful adventure, providing lots of fun, relaxation and (almost) always with a very tasty reward at the end.
In this next edition of Delft Mama’s cooking evening, we will prepare and bake together two basic breads: a yeast loaf and a soda bread. By varying the shape and size of the loaf and the flour or mix of flours used, these simple breads can be styled to suit almost any occasion. And practising these will give you the confidence and skills you need to branch out into more adventurous breads like English hot cross buns, Italian ciabattas and French fougasse.
During the evening, we will each prepare and bake two small loaves which you can take home with you at the end of the evening. For dinner, while our loaves are rising and baking, we will eat bread I have made earlier with a traditional Finnish salmon and potato soup brought along by Tarja van Veldhoven.
Come along and join us… if you dare. Once you start, baking your own bread can be a hard habit to break.
– Fees are 10 euro per person.
– There are only 5 spots available, and the registration will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
– To register for this event, please email Anish Patil at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once your registration is confirmed, you will receive an email with bank information where payment can be made and event location details will be sent.
– It is a participatory event, where we will all cook & eat together and clean after us before heading home.