Saturday, October 5, 2013
Thanks to a friend bringing this tour to my attention, I took off work and attended a baking demo with King Arthur Flour yesterday - the people I consider the holy grail of baking. Ok, with the exception of those famous French baguette & croissant bakers… KAF does two tours across the States each year, once in the fall and once in the winter. The demos are totally free, and you just have to show up. It was two hours of watching one of the bakers, Bonnie, from their Baking Education Center, make an apple pie and a savory bacon & cheddar scone. (They had another demo later in the day on whole grains and yeast breads, but unfortunately I couldn’t make it to that.) Bonnie was great, she was funny and knowledgeable, and I picked up lots of great tips/got confirmation on some tricks of the trade I already knew. So much fun – for the baking obsessed at least.
If you’re not familiar with this company and/or their flours, get familiar. Not only do they produce great quality flours and tons of other baking products, but they also have a test kitchen where they develop recipes, an education center where they teach classes, a free Nationwide school program teaching kids to make fresh bread, a large retail store and even a café so you can sit and enjoy breads and pastries that were baked just that morning. Sounds like a perfect day trip to me! Granted they are located in Norwich, Vermont and I’m in DC, but thankfully with my parents living in MA, I think I’ll find myself there sometime in the near future. However I do fear that I might just apply for a job on the spot and suddenly be moving north…
Check them out: www.kingarthurflour.com