Bread baking demo
Last night the Dragon's Laire baronial Culinary Guild held a class/demo on bread making and baking in cloches (a period technique) on a brazier. Much fun was had by all, and much yummy bread was consumed. Thanks to THL Mattuesz and THL Rycheza for hosting, Lord Yvonn for photography, and to HE Cedric and THL Kassandra for assisting me in tending the fire and handling the cloches. Lady Margret and Heidi both made loaves of bread under the instruction of THL Rycheza.
Cloches warming in the brazier.
Bread rising on the counter.
HE Cedric (in the gloves) assists THL Kassandra in mounding the coals over the loaded cloches. (The bread is underneath them, and will be baked by the heat of the preheated metal underneath and the heat from the coals mounded around the cloches.)
After the bread has baked, HE Cedric lifts the (very hot!) cloche off of Lady Margaret's loaf of barley bread.
Two fresh loaves! Lady Margret's barley loaf on the left, Heidi's wheat loaf on the right. (The burned bits are normal, and easily scraped off leaving the loaf quite edible.)
After baking, we check the interior of the loaf for quality. We also checked it for taste... but Lord Yvvon decided to forgo photography for stuffing his face (excuse me "helping to test the taste and quality of the bread") during that part, so no pictures.