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Hello from London, United Kingdom

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Hello from London, United Kingdom

Hi - I live in the outer suburbs of London and work at Canary Wharf. I have been bread baking for about 6 months or so. Previously I had a bread machine but that had been sitting in the cupboard for quite a while since I moved house in 2004. Then last year I got myself a funky orange second hand Kenwood Chef from Ebay which I think is probably about 35 years old for making cakes and got back into making my own bread. I think I have bought shop bread maybe three times since I started. I now want to branch out from making just normal bread for mine and my partner's work sandwiches and the odd batch of buns and try something more exciting. I got Andrew Whitley's Bread Matters book for Christmas which has taken me some of the way there in providing inspiration, but have been looking for more hints and tips which is how I stumbled across this site. I have now invested in a copy of the Bread Baker's Apprentice book, and with the help of that and this site, produced a decent focaccia in the week, which everyone at work loved. I'm now going to try the Pain Ancien from the BBA book over the weekend. I've added some flour which I got in france (I'm lucky in that I am within reach of a day trip there so have a fairly regular supply but to date haven't manage to do anything extraordinary with it) and the dough is in my fridge now. Wish me luck!

 Alison

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Kate in London

Hi there,I live in London too, and after living in Sydney for 4 years, I lament the scarcity of great breads readily available here.  I've recently caught the bug for making my own and have bought some good books on the subject - made a pretty passable sourdough this week based on Andrew Whitley's book.I'm interested in making a career change from advertising to something more wholesome such as becoming a baker (has anyone read a novel called Bread Alone??) with a view to eventually opening my own little place, so please any advice on how to get started in the artisan industry would be gratefully received!Kate.

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jillhodges

I'm also in London- Last year I went to a great class that might be of interest for both enthusiastic amateurs, and for aspiring professionals.  Go to www.panary.co.uk and check out Paul Merry's classes.  Very much in the Whitely tradition, and he has classes from standard (mainly british breads) to specialty sourdough and italian bread classes and beyond.  I'd highly recommend a few days with paul to get you inspired or to provide a reality check on the prospects of going professional!

 

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Hi to you both.

I also have wondered about working as a professional baker. Think it would be great. But then again, I am not terribly good with getting up at 6.30 now, so don't know how I would cope with getting up in the very early hours! I also doubt that, at least for a few years while you learned, that the salary would be enough to pay the mortgage.

Thanks for the link to the course. Again something that I would really like to do but unless I do some saving up, these courses are out of my price range, especially when you factor in accomodation. I'll have to start putting my pennies away. I noticed that the French bread chain, Paul, website says they do bread making workshops at their covent garden shop. I dropped them an email for more info but have not had a reply from them yet. That couple in Return to Tuscany also do some classes at their London cookery school. including one by Richard Bertinet which I am quite tempted to sign up for http://www.caffecaldesi.com/courses.php?nav=e2&type=1

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Another Londoner..

I'm down sarf london, been baking on and off for about 6 years (cos I can't buy decent bread anywhere). I've also been down to Paul Merry's class at Panary and have tons of bread books. I spend my weekends happily baking away trying as many new recipes as I can.

Welcome to the forum :)

 

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smudge

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pudnpie

Hi Smudge - I'm Sarf London way too, but as i say, just on the outskirts.

 No where to buy decent bread around my way either unless I want to go to Borough market and take out a second mortgage too no doubt! I've been a few times to Blackheath Farmers market and bought some bread there which was quite nice.

Alison

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pudnpie

I just booked the Bertinet course! (or at least sent the fax ) decided to just on with it rather than just think about it.

 

Alison

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qahtan

 

 Hi to all you lucky people living in London, my home town, I come from Fulham, but many years ago. I now live in Niagara Peninsula, Ontario, Canada.

 How I would love a couple of days in London,  :-(((.

                    Spring has finally sprung here and the tree's are all beginning to bud out, My husband is planting broad beans at the moment,. :-))) qahtan