Introduction to Real Bread Baking

About the course

Join artisan baker Tom Baker for a day of baking delicious handmade bread at Blake’s Kitchen. During this day-long course Tom will give you a full-on, hands-on, breaducation. You’ll discover what went wrong in the 1960’s, why gluten should be everyone’s favourite protein, what real bread really is, and what we all should be doing about it. We’ll be focussing on yeasted breads including focaccia, ciabatta, fougasse and pita, as well as standard white and wholemeal loaves and rolls.

You’ll be welcomed by fresh bread, coffee, and some of Tom’s legendary homemade preserves. We’ll get cracking with mixing and kneading doughs in several different ways, before focussing on flatbreads like pita and fougasse that we can eat straight away for lunch. We’ll then progress to various shaping and finishing techniques before baking off our final loaves and rolls in the Blake’s ovens. Tom will give you a quick introduction to what sourdough bread is too and we’ll bake off some sourdough loaves to take home.

You’ll leave with armfuls of real bread, heaps of new knowledge and skills, and hopefully feeling inspired to become regular real bread bakers at home. We’ll throw in a plastic dough scraper too - as you’ll learn, it’s your new best friend!

How to Book

The course takes place at Blake’s Kitchen in Clanfield, Oxfordshire and runs from 10am til 5pm. It costs £125 per person including all ingredients, lunch, drinks and printed recipes. Please bring your own apron and wear suitable footwear for a day on your feet in a kitchen.

To book please fill out the ‘request to book’ form below. Places are strictly limited to 8 bakers. Booking is confirmed by payment of a 50% deposit (£62.50), payable by paypal or bank transfer. Payment details will be sent to you upon receipt of your ‘request to book’ form below.

Course Details

Location: Blake's Kitchen, Clanfield
Price: £125
Time: 10am - 5pm
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  1. Course places are requested by completing the form on the Blake’s Kitchen website. If spaces are available you must confirm your place within 7 days.
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  4. Confirmed bookings may be cancelled or amended up to 14 days prior to the course date, and are freely transferable to another person for the same class so you are welcome to send someone else in your place.
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  6. The course descriptions posted on our website may be subject to variations if ingredients are not available. Occasionally we may have to cancel or postpone a class due to unavoidable circumstances or if a class is under-subscribed. In such a case we will notify all confirmed attendees as soon as possible and offer deposit refunds.
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  8. We regret that we cannot cater for under 18s unless accompanied by a responsible adult and with consent of the parents or legal caregivers. Our courses are geared for adult learning.

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Confirmed bookings may be cancelled for a full refund/credit transfer to another course up to 14 days prior to the course date.

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Confirmed bookings cannot be cancelled within 48 hours of the course under any circumstances, however bookings are freely transferable so you are welcome to send someone else in your place.

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