As the cold takes its grip and what feels like the heart of winter settles around us, there is no better place to be then inside a bakery, lovingly preparing bread.

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On Tuesday we re-visited the multi-grain bread and made approximately 70 loaves for our customers. While we waited for the bread to prove we experimented making butter for the first time.

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This was the first time many in the group had made butter, and it was a learning curve for all of us. Mariana, our teacher, explained how she uses yogurt to ferment the double cream a little to give the butter a slightly fermented taste. The double cream and yogurt are left out of the fridge for 24 hours and then are whipped together to separate the butter milk from the butter.

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The butter is then ready to be shaped and packaged and, as simply as that, it is ready to enjoy!

Along with a loaf of handmade bread, the ladies took away a pad of butter to enjoy throughout the week.

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With many of the women experiencing very challenging times in their lives, with very uncertain futures, focusing the mind and hands on a task can help ease the stress of the bureaucratic, financial, and emotional anxiety of being an asylum seeker in these difficult times. The bread and the bakery can offer a little solace for a moment in the week, where we all come together as bakers and as equals.