Bread Making at Heron Corn Mill


For my Birthday present TBH booked me onto a bread-making course. That’s some of my bread in the foreground of the photo above. My rolls were misshapen and looked a bit ‘rustic’ compared to everybody else’s – insufficient kneading was to blame apparently – but they tasted great anyway.

The course was held in a ‘Shepherd’s Hut’…


These things seem to be all the rage these days, but were they ever actually used by genuine shepherds? They seem a bit cumbersome and impractical. I’ve just been reading about the annual transhumance which was traditional in the hillier parts of these isles, but the women involved – and apparently it was mostly women – lived in Shielings which were temporary structures made of wood and sticks not fancy-Dan cottages on wheels. The women were with the dairy herd and making butter and cheese, the shepherds meanwhile, out with their flocks, surely didn’t have anything like this.

Anyway, the ‘shepherd’s hut’ is situated by Heron Corn Mill near Beetham…


…where some of the flours we were using were stoneground. I bought Wholemeal, Spelt and Rye flour whilst I was there so that I could practice at home.

The corn mill has a state-of-the-art hydroelectricity generator which usually provides all of their power and also much of their income since any excess power is sold to the paper mill which you can see across the river here…


You can also see that the water levels are exceptionally low – so low in fact that the generator isn’t working at all. (You can see more usual summer levels over the weir in this post from June last year.)

Anyway, the course was huge fun. I’ve posted in the past about making bread, but whilst my previous bread making attempts have generally produced something tasty, the bread has always been a bit brick like in texture. This time the bread was delicious and well….bread like – light and not too chewy.

The course was on the same weekend as Silverdale’s annual Art Trail weekend. When I got home it was to find that TBH and our guest J were still out and about so I decided to stretch my legs and get some fresh air with a wander through Eaves Wood to Castlebarrow…


…and the Pepper Pot and then a walk down to the Cove, across the Lots and back through the village (of which more later).


Rather predictably, I managed to leave the recipes we were given behind at the end of the course, but my subsequent attempts to make bread have still managed to be less dense than your average blackhole.

This was Sunday’s family lunch, open-sandwiches on homemade bread…


Bread Making at Heron Corn Mill

16 thoughts on “Bread Making at Heron Corn Mill

  1. All the delicious bread, but…
    No Butter!!!

    The King said,
    And then he said,
    “Oh, deary me!”
    The King sobbed, “Oh, deary me!”
    And went back to bed.
    He whimpered,
    “Could call me
    A fussy man;
    I only want
    A little bit
    Of butter for
    My bread!”

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Ha ha. I love butter on fresh bread. Two vegans in the house though. Obviously, they weren’t eating the cheese or the eggs, so I could have buttered those.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Thanks Becky/RayNot/Victoria/Luke. I’ve chosen to just take your statement at face value, though clearly your multi-facted blog presence suggests that I should assume a huge dollop of sarcasm/irony/insincerity is included as a side.
      S**t happens. Coffee helps – though I seem to be allergic to coffee, so tea will have to do.

      1. beckyallinclusive says:

        Mmm, nope. This is kinda serious blog about health, food, life…with a touch of humour time to time 🙂
        I love fresh baked – its true and sh@@t happens is also – true 🙂 No problem, I’m a huge fun of tea (oolong or assam) so bring it on!

        1. beatingthebounds says:

          Health, food, life and humour – sounds good. ‘Beckyallinclusive’ is pretty funny for starters.

  2. Not only a teacher, photographer and a blogger but a baker extraordinaire. I’d love to be able to drop in for the fresh bread lunch. The aroma of bread proving and cooking fills the air.

  3. How wonderful! What a nice gift from your wife! I enjoy making bread, but usually in autumn or winter as it is so HOT (90 + degrees fahrenheit lately) in the summer. 🙂 I haven’t tried anything special as far different, unique flours yet, so this is inspiring. The water level difference between your two photos is noticeable.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Our summers aren’t usually hot, well not for long, but this year, so far, has been a real exception (although not generally 90+ fahrenheit), so it has been a bit hot to put the oven on. On the up side, the bread does prove very quickly!

  4. I should make the effort to make bread properly rather using the bread maker we have. Making me feel hungry, time for breakfast although I suspect the hotel I’m in won’t do bread like that!

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Just bought myself a bread book today so I will soon be an expert, obviously. 🙂
      There’s only so much time in the day – I think it’s okay to use a bread-maker. Ours broke. I enjoyed the course and have enjoyed trying again since. The kids will eat wholemeal bread if it’s homemade.

  5. Blue Sky Scotland says:

    That looks lovely- and very different. Had a few bread based meals in the past and they were always tasty- German bread, French and Corsican honey mixed varieties abroad on holiday but never think of it here for some reason. Must be the weather as I was collecting home made cold food salad type photos for a future post- gone right off hot meals recently.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It does seem a bit crazy putting the oven on when it’s so hot, but I’m very fond of bread based meals. When we can get French or German bread etc I love to have a simple meal of bread, cheese and tomatoes, fruit and maybe some red wine. Looking forward to a bit of that this summer.

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