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Bread basics full day course

If you join us on an all day Bread basics course you will enjoy a whole day devoted to the art of bread making. There will also be plenty of stops for tea or coffee and a delicious lunch too. We normally fit in at least three different breads, including a focaccia, a wholemeal or spelt and a flavoured loaf. I like to tailor each class to the interests of the participants, which is easy to do when there is a maximum of four people in each class.

These are the loaves made on last Saturday’s course. We made spelt loaves using 50% white spelt and 50% wholemeal spelt, a wholemeal loaf with 50% freshly milled Shropshire Soissons grain and 50% stoneground wholemeal from Shipton Mill, a white dough using Shipton Mill Baker’s White which we made into focaccia and a flavoured granary loaf using tomato paste or marmite as the flavour base with 50% white flour, 50% wholemeal and some malted cut rye and Shipton Mill’s Five Seed Blend. selection of loaves made on a bread basics course

A full-day course gives us plenty of time for in-depth conversations about the bread making process and we discuss the use of different yeasts (easy bake, dried active and fresh), the role salt plays in bread making, the consistency of different doughs for a successful loaf, shaping and the importance of getting a good tension when shaping, getting the best out of your oven and lots, lots more.

I love using my Komo grain mill during courses so I can share the flavour impact that freshly milled flour has. I use grain grown in fields in Shropshire and Cheshire.

Komo grain mill

There is a bookshelf crammed with books about breads, so you can browse these over a cup of tea.

Bread library

You take home all of the breads that you have made, a booklet that contains over 20 pages of advice, tips and recipes and a scraper and 10% discount voucher from Bakery Bits.

Booklet and scraper

If you would like to book a place on a future course visit the Ironbridge courses page to see the dates of future courses. I am also very happy to arrange a full-day or evening course for two or more people on a mutually convenient date if there isn’t a date listed that suits you. Feel free to get in touch.

 

Tailor made bread making courses

We had another very successful evening of bread making at Little Wenlock on Tuesday. One of the students was a keen bread maker who had requested specifically that we focus on shaping and flavour development. I am very happy to tailor a class around the needs of the participants. So whether you want to know how your dough should feel or how to get the best rise, come along and join me at one of my classes.

We folded a spelt dough that we shaped into tins and kneaded a white dough that we shaped into baguettes, boules and batards. We also made turkish pide and pizza to munch on at half time.

Nothing makes me happier than to pass on my knowledge of bread making to others and then to receive positive feedback is just the icing on the cake. This is the message I received from one of the course participants:

Had a fantastic evening with Veg Patch Kitchen! Gained so much from it all including a few gorgeous, yummy calories! Such a choice of breads this morning for breakfast, the family want me out with Kath Corfield every Tuesday night! Thank you Kath for a wonderful experience and some real usable knowledge.

To book your tailor-made class contact me.

15th November 2015 full-day course

Outside it was dull, windy and raining. In other words, the weather was perfect for spending a day inside a warm kitchen baking bread. We started the day with a cup of tea and a piece of cake, apple or ginger, in case you are interested. Then we got to work, we used the folding method to make a spelt loaf and then the kneading method to make an olive oil dough which was crafted into focaccia and fougasse. We also made an enriched dough to make Shropshire butter buns, chelsea buns and iced fingers and I demonstrated how easy it is to make tortillas. We enjoyed a delicious lunch in the glass room, admiring the weather from the comfort of our warm room. All in all it was a lovely day.

I did what I usually do and forgot to take photos of the breads we had made. Luckily for me, the students hadn’t. The photos below are theirs showing the results of their day’s work. They got to take all of this home to share with their friends and family.

The breads made by the three students

The bread made by the three students

Breads taken home by Christopher

The breads made and taken home by Christopher

Class on 19th July 2015

A busy day of bread making with four lovely ladies was had last Sunday. We made the usual selection of breads including a white dough, spelt bread, focaccia, fougasse, chelsea buns and fruit buns, ending the day with some pikelets.

The breads made on 19th July

Breads made during the day

We enjoyed a lovely lunch in the sunshine of the open glass room and  shared a carrot cake, fruit cake and shortcake biscuits over cups of tea. The students had travelled from far and wide to join us, so three of them had stayed overnight in Leena’s self-catering cottage right next door.

If you would like to join us for a day of baking bread then please do get in touch. We also offer evening courses in Telford too. We would love to see you.

Kath

Class on 3rd May 2015

We had a wonderful day of baking this Sunday. Three students joined us for a class using different flours. We started the day with tea and cake (as usual) and also sampling a wholemeal spelt and a khorasan loaf that I had made the day before. We then got stuck in making a spelt loaf (some of us made wholemeal and some mixed white and wholemeal spelt) and a khorasan (Kamut) loaf. We used the folding method for the doughs as neither spelt or khorasan benefit from vigorous kneading. The loaves were beautiful when they came out of the oven and word has come through from our students that they were much enjoyed at home. Just before lunch the students were given the choice of making an olive oil dough or an enriched dough. Together they turned out a very tasty looking focaccia with olives, rosemary and sea salt, some gorgeous looking iced buns and some very sticky chelsea buns. We finished the day off by making tortillas on the Esse.

As always, there was much laughter and fun had during the day and we shared a delicious lunch prepared by Leena and drank plenty of tea. I have received some very positive comments from the students about how much they gained from and enjoyed their day with us at Veg Patch Kitchen and that lifts my heart. I must say, I really do love my job.

I was enjoying the day so much that I forgot to take photos of the cooling breads. Silly me!

If you would like to join us at a future class please do contact us.