The Abbortsford Convent is an extraordinary place and is becoming an important arts, educational and cultural precinct in Melbourne. It is an invaluable resource for the arts community for training and education, an incubator for creativity and the sharing of ideas, and a place for community participation and enjoyment.
The 11 magnificent buildings and gardens are spread over 6.8 hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra river and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children's Farm and Yarra Bend Park.
Nestled within the walls of the Convent Annexe or Kitchen Wing are two magnificent wood fired masonry ovens built in 1901, which were once used by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd to bake all food once served at the Convent.
It is in these amazing ovens that the Convent Bakery, through the hands of its Artisan Bakers, produces a unique variety of old-fashioned wood fired bread.
Excellent class...great fun, very informative, terrific teacher and delicious baked goods
I went for the class with my partner and we learnt to make pizzas, scones, sourdough, etc. Chris is a great instructor and we had a lovely time there. The class is totally worth the money. You get to learn so much and even take home Everything you bake and more. The atmosphere is very friendly too. A bit of a task to get to the location if you're relying on public transport. Just FYI.
I've been making sourdough bread from scratch for about 9 months, but didn't really know how to do anything else apart from basic yeast based loaves. I got a voucher for this course as a gift, and it was fantastic. It was simple to understand, Chris the baker was awesome and we learned some super easy techniques of making some seriously nice bread! It's messy, it's fun and it's delicious. Some of the techniques are a little tricky at first but it's worth persisting (and Chris helped us all get to the point we needed too) and the results are absolutely worth it.