Chorleywood residents to bake ‘real bread’ at village fete

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Members of the Real Bread Campaign are helping residents of Chorleywood show they can bake real bread, despite the village’s 50 years’ association with the factory loaf.

As part of the annual Chorleywood Village Day on 9 July 2011, Real Bread Campaign members will be taking a factory loaf across the village common to the Beaumont House Care Home for its long-overdue retirement. It was in July 1961 from this building the British Baking Industries Research Association launched the Chorleywood Bread Process (CBP), the means by which the majority of Britain’s loaves are still produced.

Members of the Campaign will be at the event from 12-4pm with Melton Mowbray baker Paul Jones’ mobile wood-fired oven to give local people the chance to demonstrate their flair for baking Real Bread, and kids to make their own pizzas.

Chorleywood resident, artisan baker and Campaign member, Vanessa Holloway, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for members of my local community to show they can bake Real Bread, and for me to share the traditional skills of bread making with those who’d like a hand.”

Chris Young of the Campaign said: ‘This is a great fun way to get across a serious message: after half a century, the additive-laced, no-time factory loaf has had its day. We believe the true costs, hiding behind what at the till might appear to be a cheap loaf, are too high. For the sake of taste, skilled local jobs, our high streets and perhaps even our health, it’s time for us all help to bring real bread back to the hearts of our local communities.”

As the Campaign feels an industrial loaf isn’t much of a gift for the care home residents, they’ll also present a basket of Real Bread from Rickmansworth bakery Cinnamon Square. As an added attraction, they will also be announcing the winner of its competition to design a ‘pappy birthday’ card to the CBP loaf, as judged by chef Michel Roux Jr, master bakers Tom Herbert and Andrew Whitley; and artist and writer Jake Tilson.

The winner will receive a real bread baker’s kit (worth £85) from hobbshousebakery.co.uk, and the design will be available as an ecard for people to download from the Campaign’s website.