The Mixing Bowl, pizza and seed saving all wrapped up.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a demo for making French afternoon tea scrumptiousnesses (I know that’s not a word) with the lovely Anne at The Mixing Bowl Hallam. I deliberately went to the class as it was the last session Anne was running before the imminent closure of this business, which I have been dealing with for nigh on 27 years. The first class I went to with Anne, was when they first changed their business to ‘The Mixing Bowl’ and she ran a class making Hot Cross Buns at the old Buln Buln Shire Offices. Been lots of Hot Cross Buns under the bridge since then and all of them delicious!

A business doesn’t stick around for this long by chance, Anne and Geoff have always offered premium goods at extremely reasonable prices, have a great range of flours, every baking gadget, tin, and accessory you could imagine and have given out more information than you’d find in an Encyclopaedia Britannica when it comes to baking. On top of that, they have always been on top of the ladder with customer service, although my kids will never forgiven them for not stocking the same mint leaves we used to always stop and buy on the way to Melbourne, they still whinge about losing those! I will be extremely sad to see this wonderful business go and where on earth can I recommend to my students to go to for bread making supplies?

I wish Anne & Geoff a very happy retirement, they deserve to put their feet up and enjoy their family, have holidays and be free of flour dust. All the best Anne & Geoff, its been a delight.

Anyway, this tart is the result of the demo Anne did, an apple, Frangipane tart which was absolutely delicious.

I made it as a little treat to myself for mother’s day, and of course you must have double cream on the side. It was lovely having all the gang (apart from one son-in law who was saving us all from the bad guys in the world), to lunch. We set up a pizza making station outside my little bakehouse and then baked them in my Rofco microbakery oven. The pizza dough was not sourdough as I find yeasted better for pizza, but I am working on perfecting a good sourdough one!

When we planned the microbakery we had envisioned the space would double as a kitchen for using when entertaining outside too. This was put to the test today and it worked really well. Pic on the left is looking out onto the courtyard and the one on right is peeking in to the Rofco as the pizzas bake.

Β The pizzas baked up beautifully, they went in on trays for first few minutes than were placed directly onto the oven sole for finishing off. Delicious. Where were the olives Em?

I can see that painting and cleaning up the outside of the microbakery is now on my short list of jobs!

Β Β  My daughter in law gave me some bees wax wraps as my Kris Kringle gift for Christmas and I love them. I have been using them for all sorts of things since Christmas and they have proved to be extremely versatile. Little Bumble Wraps is a local business and also run workshops on making wraps so support local and check them out. They also offer on-line shopping. I used them yesterday for wrapping croissant dough in between folds and also for the tart pastry while chilling.

The little tacker and I spent a few quiet moments saving bean seed from this years crop to have for planting next year. I treasure these moments dearly.

About fergie51

Sourdough baker, teacher, eater and student. Sustainable living advocate and passionate food grower. Conduct sourdough baking classes at my home and administrator of Facebook support page for Australian & New Zealand sourdough bakers.
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7 Responses to The Mixing Bowl, pizza and seed saving all wrapped up.

  1. Anne says:

    Oooh. Thanks Maree. It has been great. Sounds like you had a lovely mother’s day. So did we. Lovely day. Cheers Anne

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    • fergie51 says:

      Geoff (my Geoff) also said he misses those mint leaves. πŸ™‚ As I said to Dale, it’s not just a shop but a community that you have built. You deserve now to enjoy life outside those walls. πŸ™‚

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  2. I noted the πŸ‘ from Gillian Bell on your Insta pic. Go you! πŸ‘
    I hope – as so often transpires- your lovely pizza pics will prompt me -after I finish my Tafe assignment- to pull my finger out and start making pizza bases, bake some bread. I see so much joy in what you do.
    Sad that you have lost a lovely & genuine real life retail experience, so few of those left.

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    • fergie51 says:

      Hi Dale, I was chuffed that Gillian took the time to comment, her work is stunning! I don’t know what I’ll do without my wonderful Mixing Bowl store, not just a shop but a community! 10 Years ago I would have considered taking it on, but now…………

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  3. Glenda says:

    Good to hear from you, Maree

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  4. Fiona says:

    I got a bit teary reading this…… so true every thing you’ve said. Anne and Geoff are irreplaceable. But soooo thankful for all the years they’ve given us. Hope they are blessed as much as they’ve blessed us.

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