BREAD MAKING COURSES

New dates for courses in October and November will be posted shortly - send us an email to register your interest and we'll let you know. Make four sourdough loaves to take home. £100 for a 10-4 day. info@littleeye.org.uk

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Two of our best-loved loaves have won a Great Taste Award 2022.
We are delighted when our tiny microbakery is recognised for its great methods and flavours. Our Wholewheat with Oatmeal, and Fruit and Fennel sourdoughs are the winning loaves.
And I entered loaves that are my own recipes, developed over years and baked hundreds of times by hand in the kitchen. Let us know if you'd like to try one, or come on a course and learn for yourself.

Sunday, 13 March 2022

 We had a great course on March 5th. Comments included:

" I was hoping to gain some knowledge and practical advice to improve my bread baking, while enjoying myself baking some new and delicious breads. The day delivered on all fronts."

"The learning environment was lovely, the facilities are excellent."

" It was a relaxed atmosphere and the other people taking part were very friendly. I found you to be very knowledgeable and personable, giving clear instructions and being very patient with everyone."

...............and I made a seeded light sourdough for the bread group of 30 that I bake for weekly.



We'll be baking on the course next on May 7th - do let us know if you would like to come

Saturday, 8 January 2022

 March 5th is our next Start It Up bread workshop.

 I am working on a new fruit loaf recipe, to sit alongside the light fruit and fennel I make at the moment. Something moister and a little heavier. but soft and maybe a little squidgy! First thoughts are for some rye flour mixed into wheat, and large plump raisins  - any nuts? Probably not - maybe some apricot......

Should be ready for lunch on the 6th.

Come and try it!

Thursday, 18 November 2021


 In April 2020, a week after Lockdown began, we decided to set up an ‘order and collect’ front garden bread shop for neighbours, friends, and NHS staff, in the days when people were literally keeping to their homes and not going to the shops if possible. The group was run on WhatsApp, and a weekly percentage of takings donated to the local Food Bank, with many people donating extra.

The bakery proved a great boon for us all, giving us a weekly diary date in a period of endless repetitive days, a chance for a random chat, and some fresh local food. I've made pushing 3000 loaves for the group in the 18 months so far. 

In April 2020 I did a workshop for a new WhatsApp group (Little Eye Live Bake) on Zoom, where I gave out sourdough starter and flour to people taking part, and we made an overnight sourdough. In June I did a second run, but this time with people making their own starter and then using it to make and bake sourdoughs. This was a great success, with ongoing questions, answers, tips and photos on the Live Bake group. Some of the people in the photo below (about half the group) have made their own bread ever since.


Sunday, 24 January 2021

 10 Years of Little Eye Sourdough Bakery

The Stats

In 10 Years of baking at home, for shops, markets and neighbourhood customers, I have made over 22,000 loaves, and we have taught over 450 people to make 4 types of sourdough bread.

We are currently making about loaves for about 40 local people to collect.

The Bread

We are still making around 14 different breads regularly.

Our regular light sourdough

Our regular wholewheat
 and some

chelsea buns

Our classes are starting up again in April, and if you are interested in early summer dates let us know on info@littleeye.org.uk - more info on the Bread Classes page of this site.









Thursday, 26 November 2020

 We are still running our 'click and collect' bakery for local people weekly. Malcolm is an organiser of the West Kirby Farmers Market, and we have got that up and running again, outdoors, with November and December markets confirmed (www.westkirbyfarmersmarket.co.uk ).

In November we ran our "lockdown sourdough bread class", with a new set up to meet covid requirements. It went off well, and while not quite as co-operative as before, there was still plenty of spontaneous interaction and conversation. New courses are running on Feb 20th and April 10th.

Our loaves from last weeks click & collect:

A 100% rye with chopped grain; a wholewheat with oatmeal; a seeded light wheat mix; a white baguette






Thursday, 30 April 2020

Little Eye Lockdown Bakery

We have got a weekly bake going, of about 40 loaves for neighbours and local self-isolated people.


And over the last 2 weeks have run Little Eye Live classes on Zoom for up to 15 people, starting their own sourdough and making a loaf. Some very good loaves produced, along with a few more varied - but all tasting good!





 
And we have donated 50p per loaf from our weekly lockdown bake (plus donations from shoppers), totalling almost £200 up to April 25th. We got a nice letter back the week before:

Hello Malcolm, Deborah and friends at Little Eye Sourdough Bakery

On behalf of Wirral Foodbank, I would like to thank you for your recent very kind donation of £130 to us. Thank you also for Gift Aiding the donation, enabling us to reclaim the tax paid on the money.

We are still extremely busy at the moment, as people of Wirral are surpassing themselves by donating food in supermarkets as they shop, and also by sending us cheques and making online donations. Our main worry was that we may start having less food available to us as I believe that the coronavirus has meant some foods will be in short supply. However we seem to be able to access most items at the moment. We are concerned about the fact that many churches have closed for the time being and they are one of our main donating groups. However, many church members, other individuals and local agencies have been finding alternative ways to donate to us, which has enabled us to carry on supporting local families as much as possible.

Our new group of volunteers has made a big difference to our volunteer force, with us having taken on over 100 new volunteers over the past 12 months. Many of these have been helping at the Wirral Food Hub, of which we are a part. We are sending them several tons of food each week that they then distribute to people in isolation.  We hope our fantastic volunteers continue to come along each week, despite their own concerns about becoming ill.

We just want to thank you particularly for your very generous support to us. It is very much appreciated.


Kindest regards

Liz Appleby
Office Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator
Wirral Foodbank
Unit 14, Wirral Business Centre
Dock Road,
Birkenhead
CH41 1JW