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Bread courses/days in the south of England?

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Grenage

Bread courses/days in the south of England?

While I'm reasonably happy with my sourdough bread, there's a lot of room for improvement - mainly in shaping technique and the like.  I've seen a few day courses around these parts, but all of them have been for bread beginners; you get to take away starter, they demonstrate a basic loaf, etc.

Does anyone here know of any?  I've only ever tasted my own bread (exluding supermarket wares), and I've never seen anyone else make a loaf (excluding breadmakers..).

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Juergen Krauss

Hi,

I have been to to the Lighthouse Bakery and enjoyed it very much.

http://www.lighthousebakery.co.uk/

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/23057/pugliese-bread-lighthouse-bakery

The Real Patisserie in Brighton (Kemp Town branch) offers courses as well. Just around the corner from me; nice staff.

http://www.realpatisserie.co.uk/pages/kemp-town-shop/7646

And there is the Community Chef

http://www.communitychef.org.uk/

Cheers,

Juergen

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Grenage

That's great, thank you for the feedback. :)

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Juergen Krauss

if you come to Brighton...

Juergen

Grenage's picture
Grenage

Will do!  The page doesn't have a lot of info about their classes, so I might shoot them an e-mail.

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Nici

A friend of mine had the most enjoyable day at the Phoenix bakery in Weymouth, and they pretty much geared the day to the ability of the students.  www.phoenixbakery.co.uk  cheers Nici

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hornedfox

Does anyone know of anywhere in East Anglia? Or can recommend anyone?

 

Ian

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All at Sea

... in Bath, is where I'd like to head one day.

Not a lot of use for you, Ian, if you want somewhere specifically in East Anglia. But for those who would like a trip to the beautiful and historic town of Bath in the south west of England, then it should be a fabulous event. Richard Bertinet's site you can find here:

http://www.thebertinetkitchen.com/

(Alas, no fancy-schmancy edit buttons again - why is that???)

All at Sea

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Edthebread

This website has several bread courses in all areas of England, including some great-looking courses in the East:

http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/real_bread_campaign_bread_making_courses/#east

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hornedfox

thanks for the info. Ones close by I think Ill pay them a visit

 

Ian

Grenage's picture
Grenage

That's a great list, thank you.

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StuartG

is another.  They describe day courses (much like you mention - intro to flour, intro to starters, make a loaf) but also others.

http://www.panary.co.uk/

Note I haven't been there - but am considering it as mostly I'm like you and want something beyond the introduction but still would like improvement on basics (shaping springs to mind).

 

Edit: I just clicked the pheonix bakery link above and can see that they source their flour from the mill where Panary hold their courses.  Small worlds.

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Grenage

That's a good list of courses! They aren't cheap, but with most classes being quite small, you can see why.  I'll have a proper peruse when I get home!

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StuartG

There is a pretty big space in between the community college level 'bake a loaf in an evening' for £35 and then a 12 person Dan Lepard course in London for £230 (http://www.cookeryschool.co.uk/classes)  ... that's £230 just for a day!  Not to mention Bertinet's 5 day course at a squillion quid.

I'm sure they're all fantastic but, holy cow, that's a lot of cash.