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Milling and Baking Experience

Milling and Baking Experience Day

A unique full day experience making flour and bread with our millers and bakers.
Make your own traditional stone ground flour in London’s last working windmill and use it to make your own loaf of bread. Built in 1816, this Grade 2 listed windmill has stood the test of time and is still producing flour for bakeries and bakers over 200 years later. 

What you’ll do
We’ll split the day into two activities – milling and baking. You’ll do one session in the morning and one in the afternoon with a break for lunch which we’ll supply. Groups for each session will be small with a maximum of 6 participants per group. 

Milling session
We’ll take a tour of the windmill, where you will see two sets of millstones – the original wind-powered machinery, and the smaller stones installed by the Ashby family in 1902 that were driven by steam. After learning a bit about the mill’s history we’ll use these same stones to turn organic grain into wholemeal flour. You’ll be guided through the milling process with our lead miller, learning the techniques we use to ensure our flour is of the best quality.

Baking session
Using our windmill’s stone ground flour you’ll learn to make bread with our expert bakers. You’ll be in a small group so lots of time and opportunity to learn tips and new skills to take home with you.  At the end of the day you’ll go home with your own hand crafted bread to share with friends and family. 

Duration
This is a full day workshop including lunch. The day runs 10.30am to 4.30pm with a 1 hour lunch break. 

What’s included
Miller’s overalls and PPE. All ingredients, equipment and lunch.
A bag of Brixton Windmill flour to take home  (and the loaf of bread you made of course!).

Please note
This workshop is for participants aged 18+
As a former industrial building, Brixton Windmill has potential dangers, including steep ladders, low beams and heavy machinery. Attendees must be able to climb the stairs unaided. Please don’t wear sandals or open toe shoes.

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