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Bread baking classes?

Michael 2003's picture
Michael 2003

Bread baking classes?

I live in in Shorewood, just west of the Joliet IL, and have been looking for a bread baking class that is somewhat local to me and have had no success. There's Joliet Junior College but they only offer a basic cooking classes for those looking to go into the hospitality field for work. There are culinary institutes in the area but it's like taking an engineering class to learn how to change a tire, and the experience is out of the question for this one little thing! I even tried chatting up the local bakers, and the Whole foods baker in Naperville is a real baker from flour and yeast to finished product, but I had no success. Perhaps she thought I was attempting to steal her secrets? All I want is to get the basics down and get me going in the right direction. Anyone out here experienced and interested in tutoring?

Danni-loves-2-cook's picture

Hi Michael, 

I've been teaching myself to bake bread since February and have learned a lot from the BBA by Peter Reinhart. The bread books listed on this site are great, but I find all the info here much more informative. Most people are willing to put their recipes in their message, so I just bookmark them and them bake away. I also think that even taking a class would result in learning the same way: following the recipe, reading different forums to make sure you understand the chemistry of bread, but mostly trial and error. I've thrown out my share of loaves, but have eaten many more than that. I don't even consider myself a beginner, but I'm getting there with my own starter and a great sourdough under my belt (no pun intended). 

Well, good luck and remember to have some fun on this journey of good homemade bread. 


Danni-loves-2-cook's picture

Freckleface, Thanks for that link to KA online lessons. They are FREE! That is so awesome! I appreciate the info and will read all the lessons.  

CanuckJim's picture

Maybe check out People from all over North America have attended these two-day workshops, whether they're interested in wood-fired artisan baking or just bread baking.


highmtnpam's picture

on youtube...chefhitz


davidr8467's picture

I teach bread baking classes. I live in Spring Grove, IL Yes, I agree this is an old thread. But passion is passion. I thought I would mention my classes here. I use sour dough starter, teach how to care for it. (It's easier then you think). You will go through the baking process that creates crusty artisan style French boules and show the secret of replicating expensive bread baking steam ovens. We also make bread dough together. Class runs about 2 hours.



ellenspn's picture

Are you located at in Spring Grove and do you have a website?