The Power of Three
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.
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.
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, was released in time for Sourdough September 2019.
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.
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