Come Bake at the wood-fired Westchester Community Oven
Enjoy the fun of preparing and baking bread in a hand-made, earthen, wood-fired oven.
Meet veteran bakers and newcomers, and share ideas and tasty results. We’ve seen some remarkable breads (whole-grain sourdough, drunken raisin, habanero & cheese, sourdough rye, seeds & sprouts), all baked in a fifteen thousand year old tradition.
If you need help, experienced bread bakers will be on hand. People have gathered around such ovens for thousands of years, and reactions are still enthusiastic. Everyone in the family can take part.
Flatbreads: Saturday April 15, 11am-12:30pm
Breads: Saturday April 15, 1:30pm-3:00pm
The “bread” timeframe is the time to try your recipes for boules, batards, and baguettes. Oven temperature will be 400-500F. (For higher-temperature flatbreads, which are quick in-and-out of the Oven, please show up at “flatbread” timeframe.)
What to bring for bread timeframe: Your bread dough (pre-shaped loaves or pan breads). A large cutting board, which will be your work surface. Cornmeal or semolina if you need it. If you need them bring knife or utensils; some tools are available at the Oven.
The “flatbread” timeframe is for quick in-and-out. Oven temperature will be 700F or higher. This is the time to try your recipes for pita, naan, socca, or other options. (note: No pizza buffet at the April event.) For lower-temperature breads, please show up at “bread” timeframe.
What to bring for flatbread timeframe: Your flatbread dough. A large cutting board, which will be your work surface. Cornmeal or semolina if you need it. If you need them bring knife or utensils; some tools are available at the Oven.
Watch the weather. If rain is forecast for Saturday or Saturday night, the event will be canceled. The event is free, although donations to our “firewood fund” are welcomed.
Location: Westchester Community Oven, in the Community Garden at Holy Nativity church, Westchester/LA 90045.
RSVP IS REQUIRED even though the event is free. The firemaster needs a count in order to plan the fire.