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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. 

When I first started baking bread I was terrible at it. I was excellent at turning out inedible bricks. Not one to be beaten I rose to the challenge and through experimenting and reading more books than you can shake a stick at I cracked it. I transformed from the maker of inedible bricks to the maker of the best bread we had ever eaten. My mission is to share the knowledge, tips and tricks that I have learned over the years to help you make the best bread that you ever eaten too. 

Bread making and showing others how easy it can be to make great bread at home is an absolute passion of mine. 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.

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

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.

To find out what our students have said about our courses visit our testimonial page

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Online Bread Courses

Since COVID has meant that we have had to temporarily close the doors of our cookery school I have put together online courses.  This means that you can still learn to bake bread but from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The Bread Made Easy Masterclass is like coming to Ironbridge for a full-day Bread Basics but without the need to leave home. The course has been designed to take you step by step through the process with easy to follow videos, an eBook and written explanations that will transform you into a regular maker of delicious bread by showing you how easy it can be to make and fit it into your daily routine. Once you have bought the course it is available to you for at least twelve months so that you can easily revisit it for a refresh. It also includes a 30 minute zoom chat with Kath so that I can help if you have any questions. 

My Christmas Breads online course is also available. I show you how to make some delicious festive breads to share with family and friends over the holiday. These breads aren’t just for Christmas though, they can easily be adapted to make all year round. I show you how to make Pear & Blue Cheese Focaccia, Harissa & Pesto Christmas Tree Bread, a Mincemeat Wreath, a Cinnamon Star and Stollen.

Learn to make bread in Ironbridge

Our cookery school is next to our home 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

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.