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King Arthure Bread Workshop Has anyone attended?

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bourdo

King Arthure Bread Workshop Has anyone attended?

A King Arthur bread workshop is coming to a city near me. It is a 2 hour drive. So I would like to be sure it is worth attending. Has anyone had experience with their classes?

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sphealey

If this is the Baker's Tour, two two-hour workshops, I did attend the artisan bread one. It was worthwhile for me to see the techniques I had been reading about in cookbooks (and here) and trying for several months demonstrated by a very good instructor. Seeing the her make about 15 loaves worth of dough on a 12x16 cutting board without spilling more than a few tablespoons of flour onto the table was an inspiration to improve my technique! Afterwords I was sorry that I chose not to attend the pan bread session.

When it was held here it was in a large hotel ballroom that seated at least 500. By chance I had arrived early and was near the head of the line so was able to get a good seat at front center. There were video cameras set up too, but I would not have learned as much if I had not been able to watch directly.

If you are an experienced baker then you probably won't get too much from this; you would need to go to Vermont and take their multi-day classes. But if you are just starting out with artisan bread I would recommend going.

sPh

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fleur-de-liz

I also attended some King Arthur Workshops.  Both were held on the same day -- Artisan Bread and a Sweet Bread workshop, also held in a local hotel.  I wasn't as early as sPh and was relegated to a seat further back and had to watch on a TV monitor. The room was packed.   It was also early for me in my bread baking career, so I did find the workshop helpful, although I had a hard time seeing.  The instructor is very knowledgeable and all the staff from King Arthur make it a lot of fun.  Lots of free items are given away and there is table where they sell some King Arthur items.

I would say it's worthwhile, particularly if you are a relatively new baker.  I agree that if you are experienced, it might not be worth the two hour drive.

Liz 

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hullaf

I had just attended a Peter Reinhart class for his WGB book and found it very informative even though I've only been baking breads in earnest for the last 2-3 years. I think going to any bread class to get the tricks of the trade, the baker's professional and personal ideas, the feel of the dough, and taste of the varieties, etc. -- all of these helpful hints helps down the road to keep the frustrations at bay and learn from examples. I would recommend this class -- the class size was only about twenty people. (Look on his website.) It really was so fruitful and worthwhile that I went on a bread blitz and made five loaves of bread in two days! Good luck on finding a class.   Anet

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scott lynch

I consider myself to be relatively experienced and I still consider it worthwhile, though I did not have to drive very far.

 

The two topics I found to be especially good:

1. Shaping baguettes

2. Handling slack doughs

Yes, you can learn how to do these things from books and elsewhere, but I found seeing them live to be very useful.