Artisan Bread workshops, Fri 7th, Sat 8th, Sun 9th Nov 2014
This class is perfect for anyone who has dabbled with bread-making before and now wants to improve the flavour and texture of their bread and learn how to shape different loaves such as baguettes, fougasse and ciabatta. For anyone who has tried sourdoughs at home but been disappointed with the results, this class will transform your bread!
At this class you will learn how to make and care for your own sourdough starter and use it to make crusty wheat and rye sourdough breads. You will also learn how to make beautiful baguettes, olive fougasse and airy ciabatta.
After this intensive workshop you will understand how to create artisan breads with proper crackling crusts and moist, open irregular crumbs. You will learn how wet and stiff doughs behave differently, how different types of kneading affect the final loaf and about the importance of long fermentation periods. We will also cover using pre-ferments such as poolishes and bigas.
What’s more, you will go home with an artisan bread-making kit specially sourced by Anna, including a long wooden slip for loading baguettes into the oven, your own new sourdough starter, a baker’s lame (razor for slashing) and a wicker proving basket. Plus of course there will be plenty of the freshly baked bread you have made to take home.
The workshop includes a delicious seasonal lunch showcasing different types of bread, with wine.
Anna’s classes are always brilliant. The day is busy but in the nicest possible way. The classes are small and extremely friendly. The information and level of confidence and competence you leave with is quite amazing.
Anna is not only an extremely knowledgeable cook, but she is able to transmit her knowledge in a very clear manner. The workshop is very well-prepared, there is no time to waste. What I really liked is that she teaches you to prepare and bake amazing delicious bread with home/normal tools and resources. I can highly recommend her workshops, great day, great fun, great teaching and most importantly, one feels ready to start baking immediately after at home.
I had an amazing time and this workshop was exactly was I was looking for. I learned how to make impressive artisan bread at a more advanced level. I highly recommend this workshop!!
Since the course I did with you I have become the family baker – there are six of us, and I bake anything up to eight loaves a week! The children love the fresh bread and beg me not to stop home baking.
(Bread workshop participants, 2012 and 2013)