“The Ecology Center, in San Juan Capistrano, is a regional hub for eco-education that engages and empowers individuals and families. Through fun, hands-on activities, we teach practical, environmental solutions with impact at the household and community level.” from the Ecology Center website
And they were offering a class on Breadbaking by a well-known local blogger, Erik Knutzen, of Root Simple, who is also a Master Food Preserver from Los Angeles. I really wanted to learn more about bread and to meet another MFP.
The class was attended by about at least a dozen people. Erik did a great job of explaining all of the steps and reasons behind the recipe. Each person was able to get their hands dirty, or at least floury, making a batch of dough to take home. Following the directions and lessons learned in class, I made the loaf above. I baked it in my Le Creuset enamel pot after my husband replaced the knob with a ceramic one to withstand the 475° needed to bake a beautiful loaf.