by Farm Member, Ashley Hirsh
Recently, a few farm members had the pleasure of experiencing a bread making class with Leslie at Maagic Mountain Farm. At the beginning of class Leslie assured us we were up to the task because she doesn’t “do anything that isn’t easy!” But since she runs a five acre organic goat farm, I thought perhaps our opinions of what is “easy” might not be the same… however I was shocked to discover how WHEY EASY Leslie’s bread making really is!
Leslie had a variety of tools available for our reference, some were optional or “nice to have” like the baguette baking pan that was found at a garage sale.
We went through the process of making the bread dough as Leslie shared her experience of forgetting to do this or that step and assured us, “You can totally mess up and it still works.” As long as you get the ingredients in and give the dough some time to rise, it seems like you can’t go wrong.
Leslie prepared a pesto stuffed baguette and cinnamon rolls, recipes she developed through experimentation, she says, “You can’t be afraid of failing if you’re going to do crazy things!”
After filling our brains with knowledge we were ready to fill our bellies! We tore into hot pesto bread, a beautiful baguette, gooey cinnamon rolls, a scrumptious variety of goat cheeses, and a garden fresh kale salad.
Everyone left with a portion of raw dough to practice our bread making skills as soon as we got home. Needless to say, my family was thrilled with the results! I am so excited to make Leslie’s Whey Easy Bread a part of my weekly routine!
“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fischer