On top of a hill in the middle of the forest there is a little cottage. And in the cottage lives the forrester and his lovely wife who is a baker....sound like the beginning of a fairy tale? No such thing - it's true!
My friend and fellow Bread Angel, Lucie Steele lives in a little cottage in the forest on top of a hill outiside Hermitage in Berkshire. Lucie is a terrific baker and after doing the Bread Angel course, started baking in Berkshire. The demand for her bread has grown so much that she has invested in professional bakery gear (mixer, deck oven, huge trays, peels...) and in a place to put it: in a sea container in her garden!
The container is terrific - it came all ready to go with windows, doors, floors, water and electricity points. It's a jolly British Racing Green colour and is the perfect size for a bakery - and for teaching. There is a steep learning curve, as Lucy admits.
"Moving from a wood fired Esse to a deck oven is no mean feat - but I can bake 50 sourdough crackers and 25 loaves in one hour now so it's worth it. Before I had the deck oven I really was up all night baking."
Working on it she is, and the results speak for themselves - and incredible range of fantastic, hand made bread and crackers available for sale in the Hermitage area. You can contact Lucie at Birch Cottage Bakery if you happen to be passing, or by calling her on 07766 203 335 to place an order or find out if she distributes near you.