True confession: my name is Gail DeGray and I am a bread snob. I am addicted to high quality whole grain bread fresh from the oven, and I enjoy sharing my addiction with others. I find great delight in serving fresh whole grain breads to family and friends and teaching others to make wholesome breads for their loved ones. I am on a bread-baking journey that began over fifty years ago, and I am still learning and growing. I invite you to join me as we learn and grow together. Whether you are just a beginner, eager to learn about baking yeast breads, or a more experienced baker who wants to increase your skills in a hands-on class environment, you are welcome to join us. Come explore, create, taste, enjoy!
Bethlehem Harvest will be hosting several bread baking classes in March and additional classes in April. All of the classes are held at our home in Friendswood, Texas. The cost for each class is $20 per person with a $40 maximum per family. Spaces are limited and fill up quickly. To make a reservation for any of these bread baking class please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call us at 281-797-8932.
Basic Whole Grain Bread Baking – Saturday, March 16th; 1:00-3:00 p.m.
This class is suitable for anyone who is interested in learning to bake whole grain sandwich breads. We will start with a discussion of high quality ingredients including freshly milled flour and walk through the entire process of mixing and kneading the dough, shaping the loaves, rising and baking the bread. We will end up enjoying loaves of delicious honey-whole-wheat bread and some specialty items like cinnamon rolls or kolaches. This is a very hands on class that is suitable for all adults and for children ages 10 and up who are accompanied by an adult.
Artisan Bread Baking – Monday, March 18th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Artisan breads are a European tradition – something radically different than a loaf of grocery store sandwich bread. These breads feature a small amount of yeast that is allowed to multiply slowly, fermenting a loaf in a way that develops a unique taste and texture. Baked in a very hot oven, these breads are crusty on the outside and chewy on the inside, and when made with whole grain flours, these breads have flavor that is unsurpassed! This class is most suited to the adult student that has some bread baking experience.
Additional classes will be posted as opportunity permits. If you have a group that you would like to gather for a bread baking class, please drop me a note and we will see if we can schedule a specific date and time for your group.