All of our Bread Courses run from 10.30am to 3.30pm, although we do sometimes run a little later than schedule!! So please be prepared to stay on if the bake time runs over.
Our Baking Courses run from 10.30am till 3.00pm and our evening baking courses run from 6pm till 9pm (Ireland only) these courses tend to be shorter in nature as there is no proving time unlike breads and the cakes and cookies, etc tend to be in and out of the oven in quick succession.
Coffee/Tea and Refreshments, along with some goodies of the cake variety are on offer on arrival and throughout the day, there is also a light Bakers lunch which is included in the cost of each bread/baking course.
Student information pack which includes recipes from your course, recommended reading, tips, stockists and much, much more, all of which you will take home along with your bread creations.
We take a maximum of 4 students (Scotland) and 8 students (Ireland) at any one time, so that I may give my full attention to each student. But I am more than happy to do one-to-one courses for those who prefer to work alone. However, the cost for a one-to-one is slightly higher and at this time is only available in Scotland.
Our Students are very important to us, so whether there are is full capacity of students attending or only one on the day of your chosen bread or baking course, the course will never be cancelled due to numbers and you will get all the extra attention lavished upon yourself.
The prices for one, three and five day courses are shown below and are also on the date/price page.
We also offer the option to Stay and Bake! with a dinner, bed and breakfast package in our highly acclaimed Old Church B&B. Stay and Bake prices range dependant on the Course of your choice, number of days and the room you wish to stay in. Non-baking partners are always welcome. Please call 01290 660045 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for a package cost, this is only available in Scotland at this time.
Accommodation for Ireland is available upon request.
We always use the finest ingredients which are Organic in nature and fair trade products are also used where ever possible, we also try to include locally sourced fresh free-range eggs and all specialist flours used during the courses come from Shipton Mill, Bacheldre Mill and Sharpham Park and a number of other very good Millers in the United Kingdom.
Basic Bread £150
This course covers the basics of bread-making whether you are a complete novice or for the baker who is looking for a refresher course to boost your confidence, the day will cover various mixing and kneading techniques of the dough, shaping of the loaves and the baking of said loaves. Breads on the day may include a white loaf then more exciting ingredients and you can choose from many varieties of flours, such as wholemeal, Khorason, malt or rye.
We may even have time to make rolls, plaits, wreaths and or baguettes - it's up to you!
Speciality Bread £150
This course is the next step up from working with the Basic Breads, we cover more advanced techniques of shaping and you will make (and take home) a variety of wonderful Artisan Organic Breads, such as a Rye, Caraway and Raisin batard, Treacle and Guinness Loaf, an apple cider round and a cheesy cob. This course is open to all skill levels, but we advise if you have never baked before try the Basic Bread Course first.
Enriched Breads £150
Learn to make wonderfully rich breads such as Brioche, Croissants and Pain Viennois, learn how the process of lamentation creates super light breads.
This course is designed for bakers with a little bread making experience.
We also do a two day course to cover basic, then enriched. Call 01290 660045 for more information and dates.
Sourdough Bread £150
Make your first Sourdough Starter (levain, poolish) batter mix.
Sourdough is the name for bread raised only with wild yeasts, the process is one of a long fermentation which helps the bread to have a lovely depth of flavour and it also makes for a more digestible bread.
I will show you how to do the different stages of your starter for you to take home. Then we will make some sourdough bread using my starter, as your starter mix takes a minimum of a week before you can make your own at home, full instructions will be given away with you to help you with feeding your starter and the basic of making another.
Speciality Sourdough £150
This course is for lovers of the King of all breads, the Sourdough loaf!, we are going to work with a wet poolish and also a drier levain to make a variety of tasty unusual Sourdough loaves, we will go through the kneading and shaping process.
This course is for those who have a little experience of bread making or for those who have previously done the Sourdough course, we will be making a Cranberry and Pecan Sourdough, Prune and Cardamon Sourdough and also a Rye, Raisin and Caraway Sourdough and if time permits a bitter Chocolate Sourdough, which is utterly delicious.
French Bread £150
This course covers a variety of French Breads. It is for people who have a little experience of bread, we will cover the kneading and shaping of different French Breads, we will be making Baguettes, Pain de Campagne (similar in nature to a sourdough bread), Flavoured Fougasse (a sharing bread), Epi and a Pain de Mie (a milk bread). We will also be looking at the different variety of flours that French bakers use.
Italian Bread £150
In this course you will make a few of the most delicious Italian Breads that have become so familiar to us - Focaccia, Ciabatta, Stromboli plus others such as Pane Di Ramerino and Grissini. You will need a little experience, although the basics of kneading and shaping will also be covered in this course.
Northern European Bread £150
For those with a love of a more healthy, heavier grain, we will be choosing a variety of breads to make from Scandinavia, Germany and beyond. For example, sweet rye bread, maize bread, sunflower bread, linseed and wheat bread and pumpernickel bread.
You will need a little experience, although the basics of kneading and shaping will be covered in this course.
Scandinavian Bread Course £150
Our Scandinavian bread course is a for those who love a variety of breads with flavour, especially cardamom and caraway, there are of course some sweet breads scattered through this course with a delicious advent bread being one of our favourites, we use a variety of flours on this course.
You will need a little experience for this course, although the basics of kneading and shaping are covered during this day's course.
Gluten Free Baking Course £150
For those of who have problems digesting wheat and Gluten products, we have a days course teaching you how to make lovely breads that taste as good as they look, unlike the shop bought Gluten Free products, on this course we will also cover a couple of wonderful cake and cookie recipes as well as the breads, so as to give variety to your creativity.
With our Gluten Free course we do not need to wait on our breads proving, so we cover a great variety of bakes on this course which should keep most Gluten intolerant bakers happy.
3 Day Bread Course £400
In this course we will have an introduction to Basic Bread making along with a day on Speciality Breads, then we will have a day working on some European and Enriched Breads to round our 3 day course off, we will cover kneading, shaping and slashing of our Breads. Tea/Coffee or light refreshments, Cakes and Lunch are provided each day with your course, all materials and ingredients are also provided.
This course is for all skill levels.
We can also offer 4 * accommodation within the church for those who would have to travel for this 3 day bread course, suppers can also be provided, please check out our "Stay and Bake" packages.
5 Day Bread Course £675
In this course we will have an introduction to Basic Bread making, we will then work on Speciality, French, Italian, Northern European, Sourdough and Enriched Breads. This Course is very in depth and will cover all aspects of Slow doughs, we will cover a variety of kneading and shaping methods of our dough. Tea/Coffee or light refreshments, Cakes and Lunch are provided each day with your course, all materials and ingredients are also provided.
This course is for all skill levels.
We can also offer 4* accommodation within the church for those who would have to travel for this 5 day bread course, suppers can also be provided, please check out "Stay and Bake" packages.
Basic Baking £150
Basic Baking Evening Course £90 (Ireland only)
Learn the basic techniques of baking.This Course usually runs from 10.30am till 3.00pm and will include a light snack at lunchtime.
This course covers the basic skills required to make perfect sponge cakes, fruit loaves and biscuits that work every time! You will take home a real variety of goodies including a strawberry cream sponge, cupcakes, lavender shortbread, yogurt loaf and white chocolate/peanut butter blondies.
There are a variety of sweet goodies that we can make on your baking day.
All courses have a Students Pack which includes a host of information from your days course which is supplied for you to take home and try your recipes out again and again and anytime you get stuck I can be contacted for follow up help.
I'm happy to discuss and consider bespoke courses as you wish, and of course, we do gift vouchers (either for a full course, a series of courses, or even as partial payment for a course). Please call me to book a course or discuss your requirements. You can contact me by phone on 01290 660045 or e-mail