Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sourdough for an inland beach wedding

I have always loved weddings.  It has been almost 13 years since Terry and I tied the knot but that doesn't stop me from taking the occasional peek at wedding photography blogs.  My two favourites are here and here just to get you in the mood.

Almost 12 months ago a girl named Summa asked me to make the bread for her wedding.   As the year progressed the plan changed from large loaves to individual dinner rolls for each guest.

Last Friday, armed with almost 5 kg of active sourdough starter, 9 kg of bread flour and just enough salt and water I started working towards producing 200 dinner rolls.  My afternoon fell into the steady, comforting rhythm that the bread people out there will understand.
    

On Saturday morning I was calm and ready for a few hours of solid baking.  Annabelle, George and I then had the privilege of delivering the finished product to a particularly stunning lakeside marquee.



With the bread delivery taken care of we enjoyed a simple beach picnic and a paddle in the water.  The temperature was rising towards 40°C but it was cool and tranquil near the water.  These moments sitting in the shade reminded me of just how beautiful our part of the world can be and how fortunate I am. 


All the very best wishes for the future Summa and Nathan and I hope you managed to eat your bread rolls on the night!

  

PS I want to be a baker when I grow up.


Do you love weddings?
Do you love making bread?
Or is it just me?

22 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a lot of bread to make! I love making bread, and I also love trying new bread flavours. Recently I tried a recipe for an artisan chocolate bread and it was divine!

    xxoo

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  2. Mamouth task Jane well done!!! Your rolls look superb. Were your wrists sore after all that rolling? It all looks beautiful, I`m sure Summa & Nathan were pleased and the picnic on the beach sounds well deserved after all that work.... very rewarding...

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  3. Gosh that's a whole lot of bread making and baking. The rolls look amazing.
    I'm trying my hand at making more breads and pizza doughs with my kitchen aid and so far so good.
    x

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  4. how wonderful to go to a weddding and have 'homemade' bread. what a beautiful thing.
    i'm no good with bread - yeast - i can *just* make pizza dough. i'm a cake baker not a bread baker - and therefore have the utmost respect (and envy) for people like you, jane.

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  5. I'm a sucker for a wedding too...and for bread!
    Images look fantastic!

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  6. Yum! Brilliant job. I think I want to be a baker when I grow up too! :)

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  7. Well I am always impressed with your bread, but this takes it to a new level! That is just crazy, I can't imagine how you worked at that volume and they all look lovely. The wedding looks so pretty as well.

    xox Lilly

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  8. Love that last photo! I want to be a baker when I grow up too:) Break and weddings sounds like a pretty good combination to me and those rolls look divine!

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  9. Brilliant job Jane.......like weddings and making bread but perhaps not quite as much as you!

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  10. Great pictures! Wow - and congrats on the 200! x

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  11. Your bread always looks so professional Jane. I love your photos too - they brought a little sunshine into a cold UK day!

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  12. What a beautiful looking wedding and yum that bread looks delicious! That is a fantastic photo of you too Jane!

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  13. Hi Jane, I've spent the most lovely morning working my way through your entire archive! So glad to have found you through the gorgeous Celia. I'm not a baker alas, every now and then I make noised about rectifying the situation and hubby looks at me and asks what I will stop doing to find the time - good point! Lovely to meet you Alison xxx

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  14. Jane, you do know you're a star, don't you? I can't believe you made all those rolls! And Alison, I'm so glad you've found Jane! :) xx

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  15. Wow, 200 bread rolls! What a feast. So glad to hear of Summa's wedding...and nice that you got to be involved. I don't love weddings to be honest...I'm not sure why. Dave & I had the MOST basic wedding ever (I didn't even wear a wedding dress) - but it was lovely and suited us I think.

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  16. What an adventure Jane! I have seen some wedding pictures and it looks like fun was had by all

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  17. Jane what beautiful photos. I love weddings and making bread! I don't do the bread often enough though. Last thing I made was foccacia which was tasty and fun. I like you find the rmythm of lots of repetive tasks soothing... even washing up and ironing but always machine sewing!
    It has taken me a long time though, just never too late to learn! Maybe I am just not so busy these days.

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  18. Miss Jane, you are amazing... and you know something my friend... you already ARE a baker xox

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  19. Jane, the details in your photos are so beautiful! I love weddings too - and making bread!! What a wonderful combo and a gorgeous post!!

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  20. Wow. what an epic bread baking session and what a beautiful wedding setting.

    my first sour dough in the wood oven attempt was a fail. the oven was way too hot and my timing was all out. . . live and learn!

    rachel xo

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  21. What an honour! I have no doubt they were wonderful. I adore the last photo of you!

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane