Martin runs 'What the Dickens Bakery' in the heart of Rochester (the home of Charles Dickens!). Martin bakes, sells and delivers bread to his local community and also teaches a range of basic bread courses. His range of weekly bakes includes: White and Wholemeal Sourdoughs, Ryes loaves, French style Baguettes and Pain de Campagne ... and yes even a small range of Gluten Free bakes. Please visit (and Like) my Facebook page at: https://goo.gl/uJWbCX All courses are taught in his home kitchen and there are never more than 2 people in a class (so a very personal experience). I look forward to meeting your soon.

Upcoming Events & Courses

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  • An introduction to basic bread making

    Hello keen baker and welcome to my home ...

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

    In this course I will show you how to make three simple bakes:

    1. A white tin loaf
    2. A dense, moist rye loaf and
    3. A simple Focaccia

    We will look at simple ways to build on these recipes to enhance the look, taste and feel of the bake.

    I will take you through the 7 steps to successful bread baking:

    1. Mixing
    2. Kneading
    3. Fermenting
    4. Knocking back
    5. Proving
    6. Shaping
    7. Baking

    Snacks, refreshments and time to chat are all included :)

    You will take home everything you bake, step by step notes and 1kg strong, white, organic stone-ground flour. This will set you up for baking your first loaf when you get back home.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Martin the Baker

    Price: £ 75.00 per person

    • Sat 27th May 2017 10:00-14:00 Full
    • Sat 10th Jun 2017 10:00-14:00
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  • An introduction to basic bread making @ home

    Hello keen baker and welcome

    This will be the basic bakery course delivered to friends and family in your own home.

    In this course, I will show you how to make a range of simple and rewarding bakes including:

    1. White tin loaf (toppings of your choice)
    2. Hand-shaped traditional cob
    3. Focaccia (topping of your choice)
    4. Fougasse

    ... final bakes, timing, arrangements and a pre-course visit to your home will be made following booking.

    We will look at simple ways to build on these recipes to enhance the look, taste and feel of the bake.

    I will take you through the 7 steps to successful bread baking:

    1. Mixing
    2. Kneading
    3. Fermenting
    4. Knocking back
    5. Proving
    6. Shaping
    7. Baking

    I will provide all the ingredients we need for the day and of course you will have everything you bake.

    I look forward to meeting you on the day.

    Martin the Baker

    Price: £ 56.00 per person

    • Sat 10th Jun 2017 10:00-14:00
      3 Places left
      Book!

An introduction to basic bread making

Saturday 27th May 2017 10:00-14:00

Sorry this event is now fully booked.