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.
This class was such great fun, and so very informative. We made scones, pizza dough, white bread dough, and sourdough. Arnaud, our instructor, was so skilled and keen to impart his knowledge in a relaxed and fun way. We were so proud of what we produced by the end of the class. It was so lovely learning in the middle of a working bakery, and using the original wood fired ovens of the Convent Bakery. All round we had a wonderful day. Here are my tip for anyone considering this course - comfortable and supportive shoes - you'll be on your feet working most of the course. Don't fill up on scones at morning tea - there is so much food on this course! Highly recommend this course
It was a friendly class and I thoroughly enjoyed the day! Arnoud was a great teacher and made it fun and interesting and of course the end result was delicious!
I loved the class and leant some basic cooking as well as strong bread skills. I hope to do it again. Thank you.