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About TBC's workshops

From 2014 up until the Covid-19 pandemic, The Bread Companion ran a variety of thematic bread making workshops for all levels and abilities. TBC no longer hosts bread making workshops, but for free bread making tips and tricks, head on over to the Bitesized Baking videos or read more about bread on The Bap blog. You can also contact Julia for any information or private enquiries about bread making workshops.

Below, you can see an archive of the sorts of workshops that were available. 

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Mindful Baking
A workshop about the connection between bread and mindfulness.
 

Mindful Baking is a sourdough class which encourages us to be in the moment.  In this easygoing, 4 hour long workshop, we will look at how each step of making bread can be mindful.  Suitable for beginners who want to learn about bread making from scratch or for people who dabble with bread and would like to know more about sourdoughs and different types of bread.  We will go through our own sourdough bread recipe, a recipe for rye bread and will make Roman-style pizza. You will take home all you make in the session, doughy snacks and tea are provided (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements).  

Time: 4 hours
Level: Beginners to bread or for those with some knowledge who would like to consolidate
their skills.

 
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Drunk in Loaf

A workshop exploring the relationship between bread and alcohol!

 

In this two hour long session, you will learn a basic sourdough recipe, using starter that has been made from either wine or beer, make a dough to bake at home, make your very own sourdough starter and learn all about fermentation in bread, wine and beer making! Suitable for ages 18 and over, class sizes of 10 - 14 people. Doughy snacks will be provided (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements). 
Time: 2 hours
Level: Beginners to bread and booze enthusiasts.
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Yeast in the East
A workshop about bread and ferments. 
 
Yeast in the East is an after-work, crash-course in sourdough bread making, held at Host of Leyton.  In this jam packed, 3 hour long workshop, we will focus on the importance of yeasts and ferments in baking. Suitable for beginners who want to learn about bread from scratch or for people who already dabble in dough and would like to know more.  We will go through our own sourdough bread recipe and you will take home all you make in the session, which includes your own sourdough starter, your own sourdough sponge, quick-focaccia and a sourdough loaf that you will bake at home (the following morning). 

Time: 3 hours
Level: Absolute beginners
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Make it Grain
A workshop exploring flours and grains.
 
Make it Grain is a workshop about grains and is for those who already have some experience with bread making and would like to learn more about the different qualities of flour in baking.  In this 4.5 hour long workshop, we will focus on the structure of grain, gluten-full and gluten-free flours, different qualities of flours and milling our own flour. We will make a sourdough loaf using starters made from different flours, a rye loaf, spelt brownies and a corn bread that you will take home with you. We will also try and mill grains from scratch.  Afternoon tea is provided. 

Time: 4.5 hours
Level: For those who already have a reasonable understanding of bread making. 
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Slow Dough
A workshop about time and breadmaking. 
 
In this easygoing, 4 hour long bread-making workshop, we will focus on the importance of time and being slow in baking. Suitable for beginners who want to learn about bread making from scratch or for people who dabble with bread and would like to know more about sourdoughs.  We will experiment with making bread in different time frames, will teach our sourdough bread recipe and you will take home all you make in the session, which includes a loaf of bread, your own sourdough starter, sourdough crumpets and some dough for you to bake at home. Afternoon tea is provided (please let us know if you have any dietary requirements). 
 
Time: 4 hours
Level: Beginner or for those consolidating some bread knowledge