We decided to follow on from last year’s Christmas screen printing extravaganza by doing something hands on again this year, and since we’ve had a few small bake offs in the office recently we decided to go to E5 Bakehouse for our Christmas Party, where we learnt how to bake a variety of breads including the bakeries famous Hackney Wild (a classic pain de campagne), bagels, ciabatta and a 66% rye bread.
E5 Bakehouse is an artisan bakehouse and coffee shop in the railway arches near London Fields. As well as selling bread in store and baking bread for local restaurants, E5 Bakehouse also offer fresh lunches including sandwiches made from the day’s batch of sourdough, salads and homemade cakes – all locally sourced, organic and at decent prices.
Our course leader for the day was Ben, the brains behind E5 Bakehouse and a very nice chap indeed. The course is very hands on and by the end of it we all walked home with enough bread to feed a small village. We had a great time and E5 Bakehouse is definitely worth a visit whether you want to learn to make bread or you simply want to buy a loaf of delicious, handmade artisan bread.
E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH; e5bakehouse.com