It's been a busy few weeks since my first entry - time for an update!
However, there have been some disasters. Some my fault - over proving as more loaves are ready at once than I can get in the oven, woops! Some the fault of my terrible oven. The underbaked sourdoughs at the Patronal lunch at church were embarassing.
Our initial inspection by environmental health was a success. We've been given a thumbs up for baking, once we're level 2 Health and Hygene approved and we've had the sign off visit. However, as meat is high risk we need to do a few things before we can get cracking with curing. Few jobs for the hubby then - like moving the shed into the veg garden and building a outhouse! So, we'll open for business with bread and a few bits and bobs like stocks and sauces and the meat will come in later.
I have been worrying however about one aspect. How on earth would I be able to bake enough in 1 day to sell?! So, being resourceful, google to the rescue. I had a shufty round and found a perfect day course. A company called Love Loaves who claim to have the smallest bakery in the world (2m x 2m) run a course called the mini bakery blueprint. You bake bread with the wonderfully named Dragan and soda bread with Penny and they provide help and resources to help you to set up you own business from home. And yes, they have solved the quantity issue. Simple - bread tins! 8 in at a time instead of just 2 and that'll do it. I'm not a huge fan of tin loaves but untill I've room for an extension to fit in a bank of ovens then it'll do fine. They helped refine my shaping and I came home with 4 loaves of beautiful bread, a folder of recipies and advice and the promise of future help at the end of the phone and e-mail.
So, with much more confidence than before I now have a new oven ordered (as recommended by Dragan) and a business name registered with Companies House. Introducing The Rustic Kitchen! With the Preserving and Smoking course next week at River Cottage HQ and the Health and Hygene course this weekend I'm sure that my next update will be just as packed :)