Home baked bread - more than just following a recipe
SO WHAT HAPPENS ON OUR BAKING COURSES?
All our bread baking courses have a practical focus and you will be guided through a series of well tested recipes appropriate for the domestic home baker. Baking bread is more than following a recipe and you will learn many of the baking techniques and artistry that are so often overlooked in the recipe books. Summaries are provided for your own personal use, including recipe sheets with timings, and the techniques covered during the day.
Our venues have a well equipped domestic kitchen with familiar equipment so that the bread recipes you try out and techniques you learn can easily be repeated at home.
With a maximum of four people, we ensure you get the most from the demonstrations of techniques, benefit from individual tuition as you do them yourself, with have plenty of opportunity to ask questions. This gives you an enjoyable baking experience and confidence in the skills you learn for more successful baking!
Ingredients We pride ourselves on sourcing and using local organic ingredients and all ingredients and equipment are provided. For baking sessions all flour is stone ground from organic grain milled at local windmills. All you will need is an apron and suitable containers bags or basket for your bread!
Refreshments We include Tea/coffee/squash and home make biscuits/flapjack during the day and a vegetarian “Bakers lunch” with freshly made bread and home make and locally sourced produce.
One day Courses start at 9.30am and finish approx 4.30pm, depending on the bread! As well as developing your baking skills first hand, you will take home all your bread at the end of the day !
CHOOSING A COURSE
Base your course choice on your bread baking interest. Our range of courses are shown below with an outline of what we will cover on the day.
Follow this link to Baking Bookings for course titles, dates and prices
WHERE ARE COURSES HELD?
Baking courses at the Well Cottage in Little Bytham (Lincolnshire), and Tuxford Windmill , Tuxford (Nottinghamshire)
COURSES AT the well cottage
We run a choice of three "Introduction to Bread Baking"courses at the Well Cottage Little Bytham.Little Bytham is situated between Stamford and Grantham in the West of South Lincolnshire, about 10 mins drive from the A1
This popular baking course with a British Breads theme is the best place to start for absolute beginners!You will make a range of British yeasted breads beginning with an “everyday dough” to make breakfast rolls and loaves such as a crusty Cob, Cottage loaf, traditional tin loaves, and a poppy seed bloomer. Our course includes an introduction to using wholemeal flours to make wholesome rustic loaves such as a Welsh clay pot loaf. We follow a series of easy steps from mixing the ingredients, kneading, proving, shaping and baking. With individual help you will learn many useful practical baking skills, and will have time for discussion about the baking techniques, ingredients, and bread storage. Even if you already bake your own bread this will help you gain consistency in your baking. Armed with the best of British your baking journey begins here.
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A course to show you how to use your conventional oven to be successful with a selection of of the regional speciality breads from countries bordering the Mediterranean. Using a range of stone-ground flours you will get a chance to explore the taste and texture of breads which will add a little warmth to a dreary winters day or equally add another dimension to your summer picnic. Included are "quick bake" breads such as the French Flamiche, and a rustic Italian Fougasse with olives. A crusty French stick or Baton, Italian Ciabatta, and a sweet French Brioche will allow you to develop many important baking techniques and learn how to use a range stone ground flours.
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BAKING FOR CHRISTMAS
This baking course with a traditional British breads theme will show you how to make a range of traditional yeasted breads as a part of your festive fare. We begin with an “everyday dough” with stone ground flour to make Festive rolls and a crusty Christmas Coburg. A traditional rustic tin loaf and Cob loaf will add another flavour dimension using wholemeal flour, and we also make a delicious traditional Lincolnshire Plum Bread, using an enriched dough to make this sweet fruit loaf to add to to your Christmas baking repertoire. This course will follow a series of easy steps from mixing the ingredients, kneading, proving, shaping and baking, with finishes for a festive appearance for your bread. We include some tips on planning a Christmas bake and storing bread. Dates and booking
GROUP BOOKINGS AT THE WELL COTTAGE? It may be possible to arrange a group booking for ANY of the above type of course (Minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 persons required) and arrange a special date. An excellent day for friends, family, or for work colleagues.
NEW COURSES AT TUXFORD WINDMILL (NOTTS)
We also run baking courses at the Tuxford Windmill ,Tuxford, (Nottinghamshire)
Introduction to Bread Baking
Traditional French Breads for Beginners
Artisan Breads and Sour Doughs
Enjoy a convivial day at a traditional windmill, and not only learn how to bake delicious bread but enjoy a Tuxford bakers lunch and get the inside story of flour on a tour of the windmill as part of your course!
Maximum of 6 people per course and group booking enquiries are welcome.
Booking at Tuxford? For more information and booking www.tuxford-windmill.co.uk
Where is Tuxford? http://www.tuxford-windmill.co.uk/Directions.htm
By popular request from those who have been on our courses
Organic pickles; Organic piccalilli and Spicy apple chutney
Biscuits ; Flapjack and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bread is more than following a recipe. It is important to make a careful choice of good quality ingredients and gain confidence in using what works well for you!
Click here to find out more about flour and other ingredients
WOODLANDS FARM - Fresh organic produce and organic "box scheme" based in Boston
Lincolnshire. Find out more at www.woodlandsfarm.co.uk
TUXFORD WINDMILL - Quality stone-ground wind-milled flour. Choice of a variety of strong, plain
and self raising flours, and more. Wonderful tea room too!
Find our more at www.tuxford-windmill.co.uk
WHISSENDINE WINDMILL - A range of stoneground organic strong and plain flours to choose from!
Find our more at www.rutnet.co.uk/pp/business/detail.asp?id=6430
Organic Stone Ground Flours
Rustic tin loaf
Introduction to baking
...look what we made!
Easy steps- mixing
Basket rise for a rustic sour dough
Home made Apple pickle
|Home make Piccalilli|