Learn to bake bread and sourdough at Eastcourt Manor.
We will guide you through techniques and recipes to bake sourdough and other bread types by hand. Sourdough is a fantastic approach to baking bread — easy to fit around a busy lifestyle, very cost effective and incredibly tasty. Learning to bake by hand is easy, needs very little equipment and you will never need to buy factory-made bread again!
This course covers the full range of techniques to make your own sourdough breads including caring for your sourdough starter, kneading techniques, shaping loaves and tips to bake the perfect loaf. Participants bake pizzas for lunch and a sweet loaf for afternoon tea.
All courses include:
A full-day breadmaking course in a domestic kitchen with a maximum of six participants
12 months' membership of the Real Bread Campaign, part of the Sustain charity, which promotes proper bread, provides advice to bakers at all levels and supports community and artisan bakers all over the UK (worth £25)
A bundle of essential breadmaking equipment including banneton, mixing bowl, dough scraper and grignette (dough slasher) worth £25
12 months' breadmaking "technical support". You can call or email us at any time (within reason!) and we'll help you straight away.
You'll also take home all the bread that you've baked on the day. For more information, visit www.eastcourtmanor.co.uk
Eastcourt Manor is set in the Medway countryside near Rainham, Kent, about an hour from central London. The house has a rich and varied history dating back to the early 14th century.
All courses take place in a domestic kitchen — everything you will learn can be done at home without fancy commercial equipment — and course sizes are limited to ensure all participants get hands-on individual attention and tuition.
Your tutor, Steve, has been baking bread using sourdough cultures for nearly ten years. He is a dedicated self-taught baker, using a mix of techniques picked up from others and developed through elaborate (and messy) trial–and–error. He is also experienced in skills development approaches from the corporate world which help guide the structure and approach of the Eastcourt Manor bread courses.
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