A couple of weekends ago, Chele from Chocolate Teapot, myself and two of my friends: Hilary & Louise, went on a breadmaking course.
The breadmaking course was held in a rather gorgeous B&B called Ochil Villa. Ochil Villa is set in the charming village of Freuchie, in Fife.
If you are looking for a B&B in Fife, I would heartily recommend staying there. I had a peek in one of the bedrooms as the door was left open and it was lovely. So light, fresh and inviting and of course the food is homemade and accompanied by the most delicious breads. The whole place was gorgeous actually, including the secluded country garden at the back of the house.
We had a great day at the B&B. Our hosts were so friendly and our teacher, Colin Lindsay was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He really inspired us.
I am not confident in making bread, which is why you will find so little on this blog. So far I have dabbled with no knead breads (such was my fear), pizza dough, scones and chapatis. All this is going to change. Colin has really given me the confidence to start breadmaking.
As for the others, well Chele, is pretty darn good at baking bread already, but was happy to join in the fun and pick up some new tips. Louise was a breadmaking virgin, although she loves to cook. She has really got into rye bread recently and wanted to make her own and Hilary also loves baking bread, but was eager to learn more.
Over the course of the day we made a wholemeal loaf and a wholemeal cob, a rye loaf between us (which we discovered cannot be kneaded as the dough is so gloopy), half a dozen rolls with various flours and toppings, staffordshire oatcakes (a savoury pancake, made with yeast) and the most gorgeous coarse oatcakes (they taste so good compared to shop bought oatcakes and the texture is much better. They are so much cheaper too).
We learned to check the temperature of all the ingredients and what a difference that makes to the bread. We
And we tasted and tasted and tasted. There was absolutely no need for lunch. Although we did enjoy some rolled up Staffordshire oatcakes filled with parmesan and tomatoes along with some of the freshly squeezed apple juice from local trees in the most idyllic walled garden.
Such a fabulous day! Here are some of the trillion photos I took:
Bread in Fife
Telephone: 01337 858 031 or 07840 258550
Website: Bread In Fife
Bed & Breakfast: Ochil Villa
Trip Advisor: Ochil Villa
The breadmaking day cost £40 per person, but as we booked as a full group of four, it only cost us £32 each. Very reasonable.