[Still a couple of places left on this course - email me! You won't find a cheaper breadmaking course, anywhere!]
This is where I shall post everything about the course - planning, photo's of the breads we make, links to recipes, etc.
Here's the letter that's going out to students prior to the course:
Breadmaking at Monkton Heathfield Community Hall, Heathfield
Monkton Heathfield,TA2 8PG, 7-9pm 15th January 2014
This letter sets out what I
intend will happen in the first session and includes a list of ingredients and
utensils which you will need to bring. If you are new to breadmaking, let me
reassure you that it is much easier than you have been led to believe.
The session will begin in a
relaxed fashion – the first thing you need to do is to find somewhere to park
all the stuff that I ask you to bring, get yourself a drink and a stool to sit
on. There is some necessary administration to complete, but we can go through
this together. If you need any help with the forms I will be there to give you
a hand, so there’s no need to worry. Bring a pen if you can remember, although
I will have a couple to spare.
Before we start I’d like to
spend some time finding out if you’ve had any experience in breadmaking, and
what you expect to get out of the course, so that I can hopefully meet all your
The breads we will be
making on the first evening are: Soda bread, and fancy dinner rolls.
Each week you will make 2
varieties of bread – most of them chosen by you and the other students.
However, there are various techniques I want to cover, such as ‘No-knead,
overnight bread’, using the cloche method, etc. You will be given the recipes
for all the breads we make, plus general breadmaking hints and tips. My aim is
for you to become a competent home baker (if you’re not already!), able to bake
any bread you fancy.
Bring a large basket or a
cardboard box to carry all your equipment and ingredients, and the finished
products to take home with you! Coffee or tea is available at 20p per mug
– the kettle is always on. (Or bring your own, of course.)
I want to reassure those
students new to breadmaking that my first aim for this course is for everyone
to enjoy their learning – I always delight in these sessions, and it’s my job
to see that everyone else does. Breadmaking is an easy, everyday craft – as
you’ll come to realise (if you haven’t already)!
If you have any questions,
doubts, suggestions at all, please don’t hesitate to ring or email me. I
always enjoy making contact with my students before the course begins.
Finally, I’d like to draw
your attention to the word ‘Companion’. The ‘com’ part means together – as in
community – and the ‘pan’ part of the word means bread. So the word ‘Companion’
can be taken to mean, ‘Someone who makes bread with friends’. Which is what we
shall be doing on these Tuesday evenings!
I look forward to meeting
you and welcoming you on the course.
strong white flour (own brand is fine)
strong wholemeal flour (if you want to make a wholemeal loaf or rolls)
fresh yeast (but I'll have plenty available)
or sesame seeds for the rolls (optional)
You will also need to
couple of tea towels, both to cover your dough whilst it's proving and to wrap
any warm bread in to take home.
paper (this is unlike ordinary greaseproof paper as it contains silicon)
to carry away the finished products (a large basket or cardboard box lined with
tea towels would be ideal)