Courses at Ironbridge

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

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 20+ page recipe booklet and all of your breads to take home.

Evening courses include refreshments, homemade cake and a pizza, a 20+ page recipe booklet and your breads to take home.

Veg Patch Kitchen recipe booklet

You go home with a 20+ page recipe booklet and a scraper and voucher from Bakery Bits

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, who guides you every step of the way.

For a full description of the courses see below. If you want to see what people think about our courses visit our testimonials page.

Courses coming up in 2018

NB. Due to increased costs our course prices will increase from 1st April 2018.  

MARCH 2018
Friday 2nd March, Bread and butter, 6pm-9.30pm, £50 per person Fully booked

Saturday 10th March, Bread basics, 10am-4pm, £90 per person 3 spaces remaining

Friday 16th March, Easter baking, 10am-4pm, £90 per person, Fully booked
This is a one-off special course to get you ready for baking at Easter. We will make hot cross buns, Greek Tsoureki bread and simnel cupcakes.
 Lunch, refreshments and recipe booklet included as usual. 

Thursday 22nd March, Bread basics, 6pm-9.30pm, £50 per person 2 spaces remaining

APRIL 2018 (Please note price increase from 1st April 2018)
21st April, Croissants & sweet dough, 10am-4pm, £100 per person Fully booked

Friday 27th April, Bread basics, 6pm-9.30pm, £55 per person, 4 spaces remaining

MAY 2018
5th May, Bread basics, 10am-4pm, £100 per person 4 spaces remaining

Thursday 10th May, Bread & butter, 6pm -9.30pm, £55 per person 4 spaces remaining

Friday 25th May, Croissants & sweet dough, 10am-4pm, £100 per person 4 spaces remaining

(Courses for June-December will be added to the calendar in March 2018)

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.

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

What to expect from your course:

Bread making basics – The day course runs from 10am – 4pm and together we bake a white dough, a spelt or wholemeal dough and a flavoured bread. We have plenty of time during the day to discuss techniques and common problems. 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-9.30pm 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 time, including shaping techniques and how to get the best out of your domestic oven.  £50 per person

Advanced – Ciabattas and baguettes (Slow dough) – This day course runs from 10am – 4pm and takes your bread making to the next level.  We work with a poolish and a biga (overnight ferments) to make ciabattas and baguettes that are full of flavour, last longer and are easier to digest.  So if you have already mastered the basics of  bread making and are looking to expand your skills then this is the course for you.   £90 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 Shropshire butter buns, iced fingers, fruit loaves and chelsea buns.  £90 per person

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

Sourdoughs – After successful two-day sourdough classes in 2017 I am currently trialling new recipes and techniques to fit the teaching into a one-day course. Watch this space for course dates which will be coming soon. 

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