Bring me fire! Panary
In the quest to find real bread I went to the north of Dorset and visited a flour mill at Cann and the bakery that is there.
A year ago now (goodness how time flies) Paul Merry and his assistant Martin Judd allowed me to follow them through their morning shift baking wonderful breads.
Paul is an extraordinarily interesting chap. He’s was a baker in Melbourne and has been baking since the ’70s. In 2002 he set up Panary at the Cann Mill site and here he teaches bakery to people. He’s an expert on wood fired ovens – and as you’ll see, below, they are a thing of beauty to those of us drawn to their flickering lights.
In all of these visits I take lots of notes and I’ve pages of tips I picked up alongside photographic info. Certainly I ended up doing lots of experiments with my baking as a result.
Cann Mill is home to N.R Stoate & Sons. They’ve been producing stoneground flour since 1832. Michael Stoate gave me the OK to take some photos in the mill too. Oliver Stoate is the gentleman bagging up flour in the images.