This is bread’s big week, and you could really throw yourself into the whole thing just with the basic ingredients or perhaps you’d like some inspiration on where to start. Or maybe you’ve already got the basics cracked and want to move on a bit? Well, here’s some thoughts on courses for everyone, whatever level you’re at:
The School of Artisan Food – this is the closest school to me, and their course comes highly recommended. For a while we had a baker in the village who did her course there, and loved it. There are day artisan baking courses, all the way through to four days or even a full scale Advanced Diploma in Baking. There’s a even a Wheat Free Baking day which I find really appealing. Amazing location, truly stunning, although not the easiest place to get to if you’re not local.
The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School – I saw Richard demonstrating bread making at the Real Food Festival a couple of years ago, and it was definitely a demo to remember. The school would also have the draw of being in Bath, one of my favourite cities, so a class would be a treat all round. Again, there are day courses through to three or five day versions. There are classes based on French bread, and also breads of the world. I’d particularly love to go on the Middle East and North Africa class, a style of cooking and baking that I really love.
Tideswell School of Food – if you fancy learning some great skills in a beautiful rural setting, then Tideswell might be the place for you. Beautiful part of the Peak District, but also great sounding courses as well. The baking day covers the basics through to flavoured and enriched doughs for things like Chelsea buns. There are some beautiful places to stay around there so sounds like a great way to spend a couple of days.
The Amazings– if you’re in or around London, only want a couple of hours, and want to learn from someone who really knows it, then I have to mention the Amazings. I love this idea, learning from our elders, and the bread course is about baking in the French way, taught by a transplanted Frenchman. Now, it’s being taught in French, so you might get to brush up your language skills at the same time but his wife is on hand to translate as well! At only £30 this feels worth giving a go if you’re nearby, but looks like it is selling quick!
Bread Matters – again, this is a lovely scenic location in the Scottish borders, but also they say that they run the most authoratitive courses on real breadmaking in the UK. Big claim, but Andrew Whitley certainly has good credentials. There are fundamental courses through to advanced courses, even baking for a living or baking for a community courses if that’s where you think your future might lay. Though probably need to start practicing getting up early now!
The only challenge I can see with being on a bread course is holding off eating everything in sight! Or should that be in smelling distance? Would imagine spending the day hungry and then full of bread. But there are worse ways to spend a day or two!