Last week Rose Prince taught her sourdough course here in The Sourdough School kitchen. It was a such a lovely day.
I first met Rose when I interviewed her for the BBC Radio Kitchen Garden Show. She instantly inspired me and I with her straightforward approach to ethical and sustainable food. Throughout Roses’ writing you can sense her passion for real food as she has campaigned for people to eat locally and with consideration. and I have always found her way with words inspiring.
So I was delighted when Rose agreed to tutor a class here at The Sourdough School on sourdough and baking tips and techniques. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Rose she writes the baking column for The Daily Telegraph, has regular features in the Telegraph Magazine. She is the author of several of my favourite cookery books including The Pocket Bakery, The New English Kitchen, The New English Table and Kitchenella, to name just a few. Rose started The Pocket Bakery where her children learned to bake with sourdough and earned their pocket money, which has lead directly to Roses’ son Jack to become a baker himself.
Rose ran a workshop style course for the day, where she demystified the art of sourdough bread making. She spent the say sharing her experiences and knowledge about the process of setting up a community bakery, and share baking secrets and demonstrated sourdough bread making and share baking tips and techniques, alongside some recipes from her book The Pocket Bakery. It was a wonderful day, with such a small class and a delicious lunch, with local wine and home baked treats everyone had the chance to ask Rose questions directly about sourdough and any other general baking and we enjoyed some really delicious sourdough.