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On Saturday 16th April 2016 we successfully made bread in a "clay" oven. We rediscovered a skill which is as old as humanity itself.

Matthew 13, verse 33 - He told them also this parable: ' The kingdom of heaven is like yeast, which a woman took and mixed with half a hundredweight of flour till it was all leavened'.

We started at St Mary Magdalene Parochial Hall in Keyworth where we created the dough for baking. Flour, eggs, olive oil, yeast, water, milk and honey were mixed (in varying proportions) and a very sticky dough expertly kneaded.

traditional bread ovenbig ted sitting on a bread ovenThen we walked up to Thurlby Lane in Stanton-on-the-Wolds to bake the dough in a primitive oven (constructed by Walter Deacon, aka Master Smelter of Bottesford). It was all a great success as the gallery below shows (and not a "soggy bottom" in sight - other than Big Ted's! - see photo, right). The bread was edible and we even had a campfire sing-song.

Click on the image (left) for more information about the history and operation of communal bread ovens.

 

Here is a selection of photos taken at the event, click on a picture to see a larger version.

Preparation
Preparation
All clean and ready for action
Mixing
Mixing
Mixing the dough
Getting messy
Getting messy
This is going to be very sticky
Oven is ready
Oven is ready
The oven is already fired up ready to go (yes, that is hail and sleet you can see in the photo!)
Cooking the bread
Cooking the bread
Is it ready yet?
Checking it
Checking it
Paul checks the first loaf
Checking it
Checking it
Ooh, that's hot!
Checking it
Checking it
I think that one's done
Still cooking
Still cooking
Waiting around - a watched loaf never rises
It must be nearly ready
It must be nearly ready
Still waiting - but at least the sun's come out
Cough, cough!
Cough, cough!
It's getting a bit smoky now
Yummy!
Yummy!
The end result - not a soggy bottom in sight

 

 

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