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The Power of Three

Picture: Photo by Chris Young / realbreadcampaign.org CC-BY-SA 4.0

Published: 23/09/2019

We are celebrating the amazing alchemy of crafting just flour, water and salt into delicious, nutritious Real Bread. Chris Young flies the flag for a trio of London’s fabulous flour arrangers.

This year the Real Bread Campaign ran the seventh annual, international celebration of genuine sourdough and the people who make it. As ever they've rallied bread lovers worldwide for a whole month dedicated to the oldest (and many people say the best) way of leavening a loaf.

Here are just three of the many great Real Bread Campaign supporter bakeries from which Londoners can choose, you lucky people.

BETTER HEALTH BAKERY

Head over to Haggerston to the social enterprise bakery that creates not just great sourdough bread but volunteering and training opportunities for people recovering from mental ill-health. Many graduates of the 12-week training placements have gone on to further training, education or employment. They also run baking classes, while upstairs the charity behind the bakery trains mechanics to repair and upcycle old bikes.

MARGOT BAKERY

In February 2016, Michelle Eshkeri turned “a dilapidated shop around the corner from my home” in East Finchley into a bakery. She now bakes sourdough challah, babka, croissants and more using organic flour, Fairtrade sugar and Rookery Farm free-range eggs. Her first book, Modern Sourdough, is out this Sourdough September.

WAPPING SOURDOUGH

One of the great things Sustain helped to secure for the London 2012 Games was the requirement for food contractors to subcontract local producers. Hobby bakers, Robin Weekes and Clare Kelly, bagged a contract to supply Real Bread to athletes and VIPs and extended their home kitchen in readiness. They installed a professional deck oven, baked more than 5000 loaves and haven’t looked back. You can still buy their microbakery’s loaves at Duke of York Square in Chelsea.


Find details of these Real Bread bakeries, plus baking classes, how to join the Campaign and much more on the Real Bread website.

If you use social media, check out the #SourdoughSeptember cyber celebrations and post your #sourdoughselfie.

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