Over the past year, I have run What the Dickens Bakery in Rochester (the home of Charles Dickens!) and bake, sell and deliver bread to customers in my local community.

What the Dickens @ Home

I also deliver a range of basic bread baking courses run in the comfort of your own home.

In my courses, you will learn everything you knead to know about baking perfect bread using Baker's yeast and is ideal for beginners, intermediates ... and even children! 

My Micro Bakery?

My weekly range of bakes include:

  • White, 50/50 and Wholemeal Sourdoughs
  • Rye loaves
  • English-style tins, Bloomers and Cottage loaves
  • French-style sticks, Pain de Campagne/Levain Cobs
  • Italian-style Focaccia's
  • ... and much, much more

All our bakes are made from organic flour (stone ground were possible) and use just 3 or 4 ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast (where called for)

Please visit (and Like) my Facebook page at:

  • https://goo.gl/uJWbCX

I look forward to meeting you soon.

Martin the Baker


Upcoming Events & Courses

Click on a course below to learn more and book.

  • Bread Baking for Beginners @ Your Home

    Hello #RealBreadLover

    Bread making is easy, fun and rewarding. For me, nothing beats taking a freshly baked loaf straight from the oven and sharing it with friends and family.

    What the Dickens @ Home

    Basically, I deliver the course in the comfort of your home. I bring absolutely everything ... even cakes for morning coffee!! All you need to supply is a passion for making bread, bags of energy and an oven! 

    Typically, this course is designed for between 2 and 4 participants (adults and/or children), but we can easily accommodate more by special arrangement. 

    What's Covered?

    I will show you how from one large(ish) batch of white dough we can produce a whole basket of tasty bakes.   From the simple English tin loaf, French sticks, simple Italian-style Focaccia to seeded rolls, pesto swirls and much, much more.   You will be amazed just how simple it is.

    I will take you through the 7 basic steps to successful bread making including:

    1. Mixing
    2. Kneading
    3. Fermenting
    4. De-gassing, Dividing and Resting
    5. Shaping
    6. Proving
    7. Baking

    You will be able to take home everything you bake, step by step notes, 1kg strong, white, organic stone-ground flour and a small gift from me to get you started.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Martin the Baker

    UK Courses

    I am more than happy to explore delivering courses throughout the UK.  All I would ask is that my travel expenses are covered to join you :)

    Price: £ 75.00 per person

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