May Bread Baking Classes

Would you like to learn how to bake fresh whole grain bread? Or would you like to expand your bread baking skills into the world of artisan or sourdough breads?  We have set aside time for three bread classes between now and the end of May, and you can choose what kind of class suits your needs the best!  The first person who makes a reservation for a class date picks the class type from the list below.  Other students will be added as long as space is available.

To make a reservation send an e-mail to bethlehemharvest@gmail.com.  Please include the names of all the students you’d like to bring.  If you have a group of friends that would like to schedule a class at a time that suits your schedules, just drop Gail a note at bethlehemharvest@gmail.com and we’ll see what we can do!

 

Class dates and times:

Saturday, May 20th 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Monday, May 22nd 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Friday, May 26th 1:00 – 3:30 pm

The cost for each class is $10 per person, with a $20 maximum per family.

Class Descriptions:

Basic Bread Baking

This class is for bakers of all levels who would like to learn to make whole grain bread in their own kitchen.  We will start by milling fresh flour and cover every step of the process including mixing, kneading, shaping, rising and baking – ending up with eating of course! There is nothing quite like a fresh loaf of bread just out of the oven!  Both mechanical and hand bread baking will be covered.  Children are welcome to participate in this class if they are accompanied by an adult.  The class is best suited for ages 10 to 100.

Sourdough Bread Baking

Sourdough breads are making a comeback.  Nearly a lost art, many home bakers are returning to traditional sourdough methods both for their wonderful flavor and their marvelous health benefits.  Sourdough breads are easy to make once you get the hang of it – they have a rhythm and opinions of their own!  We will use a sourdough starter that crossed the Oregon Trail in 1847 and has been maintained carefully by a dedicated set of volunteers ever since.  During our class we will walk through all of the steps in the process and knead, shape and bake a batch of fresh sourdough to enjoy.  This class is most suited to the adult student that has some bread baking experience.

Artisan Bread Baking

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 with 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.

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