Courses at Ironbridge

We run a variety of bread making courses from a purpose built kitchen at our home in Ironbridge.

We live in a rural location amongst woods and fields and have turned what was a shed full of tools, plant pots and old furniture into a bespoke commercial kitchen for delivering our courses. Click here to see the upcoming courses.

Veg Patch Kitchen headquarters

Veg Patch Kitchen

We very much look forward to welcoming you to our kitchen. The facility has two large commercial Burco convection ovens, a stainless steel table for working our dough and a dining table where we can enjoy cups of tea, cake, lunch (for day courses) or a pizza (for evening courses). If the weather is good, we can eat outside on the terrace area.

We can accommodate a maximum of five people in the kitchen, so everyone has plenty of chance to ask questions and get personal tuition.

All of our courses at Ironbridge are listed below , however we can also offer tailor-made days for groups of people on a mutually convenient date. So whether you are a group of friends looking for a way to spend a day together, a family celebrating a special occasion or a company looking for a corporate away day, get in touch with us to discuss details.  If you would like to book as a family, children are very welcome on our courses and we can tailor the day to suit your needs. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

Day courses include refreshments, homemade cake, a light lunch, a recipe booklet and all of your breads to take home.

Evening courses include refreshments, homemade cake and a pizza, a recipe booklet and your breads to take home.

Our two-day sourdough course includes refreshments on the Friday evening and refreshments and a light lunch on the Saturday, a recipe booklet, some of my starter and all of your breads to take home.

We supply all of the equipment, aprons and bags and boxes to take your bread home in.  All of our courses are very hands-on. You make all of the loaves alongside Kath, guiding you every step of the way.

Our range of courses at Ironbridge includes:

Bread making basics – The day course runs from 10am – 4pm and together we bake a white dough, a spelt or wholemeal dough and an olive oil dough to form into a focaccia or fougasse or a flavoured bread. We use different kneading methods, discuss water temperatures and use easy bake and fresh yeast. We work on shaping techniques and how to get the best bake from your domestic oven.£90 per person

Bread making basics – The evening course runs from 6pm -9pm and we will bake a white dough and a spelt or wholemeal dough along with a pizza to enjoy during the class. We cover lots in the 3 hours, including shaping techniques and how to get the best out of your domestic oven.  £50 per person

Advanced bread making – Working with pre-ferments – The  day course runs from 10am – 4pm and takes your bread making to the next level.  We work with a poolish and a biga to make bread full of flavour. We make baguettes and ciabatta. So if you are already a confident bread maker looking to expand your skills this is the course for you.   £90 per person

Sourdoughs – This two-day course runs over an evening and the next day to give us plenty of time to discuss the long fermentation needed for sourdough. On the evening we mix our doughs using levains. These then ferment overnight, ready for you to come the next day to shape them, discuss how to maintain your starter, how to build a loaf, the science behind sourdoughs and how to fit sourdoughs into your everyday life. We will enjoy a light lunch together on the Saturday and you take home your breads, some of my starter and a booklet of recipes and advice so that you can get going with your own sourdough journey. £125 per person

Croissants and sweet breads– This day course works with laminated dough to make croissants and pain au chocolat and we make a sweet enriched dough to make a range of sweet goodies including the Shropshire Butter Bun, iced fingers, fruit loaves and chelsea buns.  £90 per person

Using different flours – This day course explores the use of more unusual flours to make bread. We will use spelt, khorasan (also known as Kamut) and einkorn flours to make a delicious range of nutritional breads. There are currently no dates in the dairy for this course but it can be requested. Please contact me.  £90 per person

Bread and butter – This evening class shows you how to bake your own bread and make your own butter. We will make a white and wholemeal or spelt loaf and turn cream into a delicious butter to spread onto that bread. £50 per person

NB: Courses may be slightly different from description as I like to tailor the course to the group.

Upcoming classes at Ironbridge in 2017:

MARCH 2017

Tuesday 21st March Bread basics  6pm -9pm  £50 per person

Thursday 23rd March  Bread & butter  6pm – 9pm  £50 per person

APRIL 2017
Wednesday 5th April Easter Breads 10am – 4pm  £90 per person (This is a one-off course where we will be making breads from around Europe that are eaten at Easter celebrations)

Friday 7th April 6pm -8pm & Saturday 8th April 10am -3pm Sourdough two-day course £125 per person Fully booked

Wednesday 26th April Bread making basics 10am -4pm £90 per person 2 spaces remaining

MAY 2017
Friday 12th May Bread basics 10am – 4pm £90 per person 1 space remaining

Tuesday 16th May Bread basics 6pm – 9pm £50 per person 3 spaces remaining

Saturday 20th May Croissants and sweet dough 10am – 4pm  £90 per person 2 spaces remaining

Wednesday 24th May Bread and butter 6pm – 9pm £50 per person 

Friday 26th May Advanced bread making 10am – 4pm £90 per person

JUNE 2017
Monday
5th June Bread basics 6pm – 9pm £50 per person

Friday 9th June 6pm-8pm & Saturday 10th June 10am -3pm Sourdough two-day course £125 per person Fully booked

Thursday 15th June Bread & butter 6pm -9pm £50 per person

Tuesday 20th June Croissants & sweet dough 10am -4pm £90 per person

Saturday 24th June Bread basics 10am – 4pm £90 per person

Tuesday 27th June Advanced bread making 10am – 4pm £90 per person

JULY 2017
Wednesday 5th July Bread basics 6pm – 9pm £50 per person

Wednesday 19th July Croissants & sweet dough 10am – 4pm £90 per person 

Tuesday 25th July Bread basics 10am -4pm £90 per person

AUGUST 2017
Saturday 5th August Bread basics 10am-4pm £90 per person

Thursday 24th August Bread & butter 6pm-9pm £50 per person

Wednesday 30th August Bread basics 6pm-9pm £50 per person

SEPTEMBER 2017
Friday 1st September, 6-8pm & Saturday 2nd September 10am -3pm Sourdough two-day course £125 per person

Thursday 7th September, Bread basics, 6pm – 9pm £50 per person

Tuesday 12th September, Bread basics, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

Wednesday 20th September, Bread & butter, 6pm -9pm, £50 per person

Thursday 26th September, Advanced breads, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

OCTOBER 2017
Friday 6th October 6pm-8pm & Saturday 7th October 10am-3pm Sourdough two-day course, £125 per person

Thursday 12th October, Bread basics, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

Monday 16th October, Bread & butter, 6pm-9pm, £50 per person

Friday 20th October, Advanced Breads, 10am – 4pm,  £90 per person

Tuesday 24th October, Bread basics, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

NOVEMBER 2017
Tuesday
7th November, Bread basics, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

Saturday 11th November Bread basics, 10am – 4pm, £90 per person

Wednesday 15th November, Bread & butter, 6pm-9pm, £50 per person

Friday 24th November, Advanced breads, 10am-4pm, £90 per person

Tuesday 28th November, Bread basics, 6pm-9pm, £50 per person

To book onto any of these courses or to discuss your requirements for a tailor made course please visit the contact us page and fill in an enquiry form or phone Kath on 01952 432910.

We offer discounts of 10% off for every person that is a member of the Real Bread Campaign and for those booking four or more people onto the same course.  If you book more than one course at Ironbridge at the same time we can offer a 10% discount. Please see our terms and conditions.

Payment can be made by cheque or BACS and gift vouchers are available.