The best hands on introduction to get started with bread baking!
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DATES FOR 2019
15 August - Thursday
26 September - Thursday
3 October - Thursday
5 December - Thursday
BOOK YOUR OWN DATE
This course can also be booked for any other suitable date for a group of up to 3 people. Just check my availability on our contact page here and process your payment directly here on our website and add your chosen date & time you wish to start to the notes at the checkout.
TIME: 10 - 1pm (or choose your own time if you book as a group of up to 3 people - the course is approximately 3 hrs long)
COST: £85 per person (or £255 when booked as a group of 3)
GROUP SIZE: 1-3 Students
SKILLS LEVEL: Suitable for all, perfect for beginners or if you want to brush up your bread baking skills
LOCATION: Bexleyheath, South East London - Kent borders
This Introduction to Bread Making Course is the perfect way to start with bread baking. In just over three hours you will create simple, but delicious types of bread with various flavours and finishes.
This is a hands on bread course - you will learn how to mix, knead and shape basic bread and rolls. During this bread baking course we will typically make a white or wholemeal bread, rolls and soda bread. You'll have the opportunity to flavour your breads with different toppings and ingredients and you'll be able to choose what type of flour you'd like to use (different types of wholemeal flour, white or other heritage flours). You will also learn about the different types of flours, the process of gluten development and more importantly how to bake your bread to achieve that perfect 'artisan' look!
This bread course is run in a homely and friendly environment of our Victorian kitchen with plenty of personal tuition from your host - Magdalena Marsden. There is plenty of bread baking demonstrations from your tutor, but you work on your own bread and decide what flour you use and the style you'd like to achieve.
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
How to bake yeasted and non-yeasted type of bread
How to use the right type of flour and other ingredients
How to mix, knead and shape your loaf, so that it 'holds' it's shape
How to tell when you've done enough kneading and your bread dough is ready
How to correct your bread if it's too heavy
How to score your bread, so that it rises in the oven beautifully
How to bake & store your bread to keep it fresh
Traditional White or Wholemeal bread
Seeded bread rolls
Cheese Soda bread (other flavours also available)
Your work work space to bake your own batch of three delicious types of bread
Practical demonstrations & tips to help you to bake your own bread
All bread and rolls you make during the bread course and packaging to take everything home
Refreshments - tea, coffee, chocolates, cake or biscuits
Course recipe pack to help you continue baking at home
Use of all equipment and apron
This course doesn't include lunch, but there is always butter & cheese available for you to try your freshly baked bread before you head home.
HOW DID I GET INTO BREAD BAKING?
'I have started to bake my own bread about 23 years ago, when I moved to London from Prague and could not really find the type of bread I was used to. The traditional Czech bread is very similar - in taste - to sourdough bread, made with rye flour starter and caraway seeds. Back then, there were no artisan bakeries in London, at least I've not come across one, so I wanted to learn how to bake my own bread.
I experimented with different recipes and after few initial disasters I produced bread I could be proud of! Since then, we rarely buy bread in shop and one of my personal challenges is never to run out of my own handmade bread. When I used to work full time, I would always come back from work and start kneading bread. It was actually very relaxing and great stress release! And at the end of the evening, we even had a freshly baked bread for next day.
I love to share my skills and passion for a good bread with you - whether you are just starting out or have bit more of an experience! I used to work in a bakery - once as a student and later on when I was setting up my current business - where a lot of the bread baking is mechanised, but I do prefer to just use my hands to knead and shape the bread.
So, whether you are just starting with bread baking or you need a little refresher, join me for the next workshop and find out for yourself how easy is to bake a good bread - when you know how!
Magdalena - Cocoa & Heart
WHAT OTHER'S SAID
'Just a quick thank you for the bread course yesterday.
I really enjoyed it and have already recommended you to someone!
Thanks and all the best for the future'
Steve, Maidstone, Kent
'Thank you for a great evening of baking on Thursday, both myself and my uncle thoroughly enjoyed the session'
Once again, thanks for a great class'
Rachel, Bromley, London
'Thank you for running your bread course for our family. We've really enjoyed the day and couldn't quite believe how much bread we've made during the session. We absolutely loved the process of bread baking - it's such a relaxing thing to do! Well it is now, when I know what to do! I've always struggled with bread baking and never realised how important the bread shaping was. Mine bread has always gone flat in the oven.
You'll be pleased to know that I'm putting my new bread baking skills to a good use and so far I've baked my own bread every week. It's still tricky to bake enough to last us for the whole week, but my eldest son has started to help me and promised he will help to knead the dough for me!
I love how bread baking is bringing our family together and I wanted to thank you for that.
Miriam, Margate, Kent
'I didn't know what to expect from the day, because it was bought for me as a surprise birthday present by my daughters. I must have mentioned that when I retire I finally want to learn how to bake a bread!
Thank you for being so patient with me - I think I'm really slow learner, but your bread course was so nicely paced and you've always explained what to do next and helped me when I needed it. I could never believe that I can bake bread in just one morning, but here you are, I think I'm the proof you can!
John, Bexleyheath, London
'Thank you for accommodating our group of friends on such a short notice! We had a few days in London and thought it would be nice to do something practical together. My sister was always keen on learning how to bake bread and I was curious too. My friend had a couple of disastrous bakes in the past, so she never wanted to bake bread again! We've really enjoyed the morning with you - you are such a lovely host and so easy to talk to. I think my friend conquered her fear of bread, because (not only that she has enjoyed herself on the day) she already posted few pictures of her latest bread bakes on her Instagram and they look pretty good to me!
Thank you for a lovely day learning how to bake bread. I've recently become sensitive to a mass produced bread, so I thought I would try to bake bread at home. My first few attempts were not particularly good - my bread was quite hard and on one occasion I even burned it because I didn't want to underbake it. Now, I'm really happy that I came on your course, because you were able to see what I was doing wrong and correct my kneading and shaping technique. I would never be able to get this from a cookery book! I liked the relaxed atmosphere of your homely kitchen and the fact that there was only three of us on the course. It was interesting to catch up with the other course participants over cup of coffee and talk all things 'bread'!