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teaching bread making

This is me, Kath, doing what I love; teaching people how to make bread.  I am a self-taught baker, having learned to cook at my mother’s knee, and I have kept a food blog at www.theordinarycook.co.uk since 2009, sharing my recipes and love of food.

Bread making is an absolute passion of mine.  Through experience and a lot of reading I have developed my skills and knowledge of bread making and I love passing this on to others so that they can get as much satisfaction from making real bread at home as I do. Most of our courses are bread based but I also offer a Pastry & Scones course and if you would like a tailor made cookery course please do contact me to discuss possibilities.

I set up Veg Patch Kitchen Cookery School in September 2014 to teach others the pleasures of making their own bread.  Our courses are run from our cookery school next to our home in Ironbridge. If you come along, it is very likely that you will meet my husband Richard, who is very good at coming in and doing the washing up and making cups of tea. We very much look forward to welcoming you.

Since the COVID situation has meant that we have had to temporarily close the doors of our cookery school I have put together an online masterclass.  This means that you can still learn to bake bread but from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The masterclass is like coming to Ironbridge for a full-day Bread Basics but without the need to leave home.

I love using freshly milled flour in my breads and bakes so much that I have a website dedicated to it. Pop over to millingfresh.com if you would like to learn more about using freshly milled flour.

Learn to make bread in Ironbridge

Our home is in a beautiful rural setting amongst woods and fields and close to the historic Ironbridge with its World Heritage Site status and ten museums managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust. Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Telford, Much Wenlock and Ludlow are all easily accessible. There are hotels, B&Bs and self-catering cottages nearby so you could combine your course with a short break or a week-long holiday. We particularly recommend the 5 star self-catering cottages at Marnwood Property as these are within a short walking distance of Veg Patch Kitchen. Shropshire is a beautiful, rural county in the heart of England and bordering Wales. It is easy to reach from Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Herefordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Cheshire.

Veg Patch Kitchen
Our kitchen in Ironbridge

I also teach bread making courses at Acton Scott Historical Working Farm   in South Shropshire.

To find out what our students have said about our courses visit our testimonial page. Take a look at our blog to  catch up with what I have been up to recently and to see what we have done on past courses.