Do I need to be a great cook to learn to bake?
No, not at all, all you need is the passion and appetite to learn to make great bread and I will teach you the rest.
Will I get to do some baking, or do I just watch?
I will demonstrate each technique, but then you get to do your own, with help from me if necessary.
I want to give this course as a gift to a foodie friend?
No problem, just purchase a gift voucher either via the website direct or call myself and I will do everything for you, then your friend can decide which course they would like to do.
Can I buy ingredients while at my course ?
Yes you can buy a variety of baking products from Lesleys Kitchen, such as Banettons and Brotform Proving Baskets, Couche Cloth, Bowls, Scrapers, Dough Cutters, Lames, Bakers Peels and Baguette Peels (both of which are handmade in our small village) and we also offer a small selection of Shipton Mill and Balchedre Organic Flours. Fresh Yeast is usually availlable for students to take home with them if they so wish or we are more than happy to point you to the correct supermarkets which sell fresh yeast.
For those doing the Sourdough Course we now sell addition Sourdough Ferment either Poolish or Levain.
How long is each course?
The courses run from 10.30am till 3.30pm for the Bread Courses, but there are no hard and fast rules, so if your bread or cakes are not ready you stay till everything is finished.
Where are the courses held?
The courses are held in my large family kitchen within The Old Church, there is plenty of room, but it is a real kitchen with all the normal catering equipment most people have in there homes, so no need to spend lots of money!.
What do I need to bring with me?
All you need is your passion and enthusiasm and if you decide on our Stay and Bake course, then I suggest maybe bring your toothbrush and a change of clothes. I supply your aprons, so you don't even have the washing to do afterwards. All equipment and ingredients are supplied to you for your course, so you can enjoy your day.