Kneading Conference West

Michael Eggebrecht teaching the Professional Baking class at Kneading Conference West.

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I was lucky enough to attend the first annual Kneading Conference West in Mt. Vernon Wa at the WSU extension center. The conference lasted three wonderful days, Sept 15 – 17  2011. There was so much to see and do that it was hard to pick which classes to attend.  The food served was really good and the people were just my kind of people.. obsessed with bread.

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I met a longtime online friend and colleague, “Ice”, who is the technical administrator on our forum, The Northwest Sourdough Forum (he took the technical classes at the conference, Bread Science, etc).  I also met MC, another online baker friend whose informative blog “Farine,”  is a favorite for many bakers. MC wrote a very nice  post on the Kneading Conference. Another baker who brought some wonderful bread that Jeffery Hammelman praised was Meeghen. She also posted about the Kneading Conference on her blog, Breadsong.

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I attended the terrific class on Professional Baking given by two excellent instructors, Michael Eggebrecht and Jesse Dodson. The class was a two day class. I spent most of my time filming and will have all of the videos up on my website as soon as I have them edited and ready to go. Here is a couple to get you started:

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Preshaping Paesano Dough:

 

Mixing and Folding Ciabatta:

Check back on my website over the next few weeks to see more videos on bread making techniques. I also got some video of the Dough Lamination class given by Andrew Meltzer,who had us laughing much of the time. I attended the Wood Fired Pie baking class but was not close enough to get film on that which was too bad because the technique for pie pastry was fascinating.

There was a lot that I missed: Grain Growing, Barley in Bread, The Business of Baking, Clay Oven Construction, Artisan Sourdough for the Home Baker, The Science of Bread Baking, Pizza from a Wood Fired Oven (I did get over to that one in time to eat some great pizza),

Milling Grains,

Barley in Bread and other classes as well. There were also field trips, including a grist mill,

bakery, wheat farm and a guided heirloom tree walk. I would have to say if you missed the conference this year, you ought to put it on your calendar of “must do’s” for next year.

Here are a few photos taken at the conference:

Artisan- Style Sourdough :

 

Mixing dough in the Professional Baking class:

Clay oven partially finished, the smooth coat is not yet on:

Bread in a deck oven:

Pictures of bread we baked in class:

Baguette:

Paesano Bread (beautiful scoring done by Michael Eggebrecht )

Ciabatta:

 

I will do more posts and videos on the Professional Baking class so stay tuned and check back….

Happy Baking!

11 Responses to 'Kneading Conference West'

  1. Kim says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Thank you so much for the post and also the video.

  2. breadsong says:

    Hello Teresa,
    Thank you for the lovely post about KCW, for sharing the photos and video. Thank you also for your kind reference in your post :^)
    I am very grateful! to you for your hard work in video editing and posting pictures as I really did want to attend the Professional Baking class – it is so nice to be able access some of the instruction through your video.
    Thanks again!
    :^) from breadsong

  3. northwestsourdough says:

    Hi Meeghen, it was fun to meet you! I will have more videos as I get them edited and posted on my youtube account. The class was awesome and I am so happy I filmed it. I am hoping it will help aspiring bakers. The instructors were exceptional. Maybe I will see you there next year as well.

  4. MC says:

    Hi Teresa,
    Thank you so much for posting these great pictures and videos. It is truly fantastic to be able to come back to them over and over and thus “attend’ the classes we couldn’t make it to during these great three days. I am also grateful for your kind comments and for the link to my write-up. It is fun for readers to be able to jump from one account of the Conference to another and I will add links to your post and Breadsong’s on my blog. Thank you again!

    • northwestsourdough says:

      You are very welcome MC. I posted 12 videos of the professional baking class and one of the lamination class on my northwestsourdough youtube account. So you should be able to find out what those classes were about. I am hoping to see you there next year!

      Teresa

  5. Linda Rose says:

    Great Post Teresa, I really enjoyed it. Thank you. Everything looks yummy!!

  6. Hilmar says:

    I love the videos! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great day!

  7. Saara says:

    Thank you for uploading your videos of KCW, Teresa! I really wanted to go to the laminated dough class and now I was able to view some of the techniques at least. I look forward to reading the rest of the attending bloggers’ reports too. I’m also already looking forward to next year. :)
    Happy baking!

  8. I accidentally stumbled across your blog and am so glad I did! This happened right down the road from me and I didn’t even know it. I love to bake and used to keep a sourdough starter but am a rank amateur at it. I have been wanting to get another starter going but not too certain what would be the best way to begin, so I will peruse your blog more and hopefully gain some more knowledge. What a fascinating blog you have! I have thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve read so far. Hoping to learn more from you…

  9. Myranda e. says:

    I don’t know who else to ask so i apologize in advance. Anyone know if I should toss this starter? It’s a week old and it was doing just fine until:

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    e-mail me @ buda_lovah@yahoo.com if anyone has an idea, thanks!

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