A Taste of the Past

Historical and Traditional Cookery

Day-long Cookery Courses: Basic Bread Making | Further Adventures in Bread | Jam and Curd | Basic Baking | Sour Dough and Sponges | Fancy Breads | Mediterranean Breads
Evening Cookery Club: Christmas Treats
Other Services: Talks and Demonstrations | Recipes for Forty Hall | Catering

Bread Making for Beginners

A home-baked loaf of bread
A home-baked loaf of bread

Note that these are old course details. Click here for the updated course.

This course is aimed at complete beginners and will cover everything you need to know to make old fashioned bread.

The course starts with tea and biscuits. In the morning we will use 2 different types of yeast to prepare 2 batches of dough. One will be used to make a family-sized loaf of wholemeal or white bread and the second will be used to make a chocolate, dessert bread.

While this rises we will make a frying pan pizza for our lunch. Lunch will also include salads, drinks and a dessert.

After lunch we will prepare our two breads and bake them.

While we wait for these to prove and cook there will be a demonstration of how to make Tudor ginger bread as a good way to use up leftover bread.

We aim to finish between 2pm and 3pm. This will depend entirely on how long it takes the bread to rise which depends a lot on the weather on the day.

The cost includes lunch and refreshments, course notes, all your ingredients, and of course your loaves of bread to take home, enjoy and show off your new skills.

Please bring your own apron; bread making is a lot of fun, great stress relief but potentially very messy.

More courses are planned for Autumn 2013, including more advanced recipes, some using a sour dough starter. Please contact me if you are interested and I will give you advanced notice once I have the dates and course content finalised.

Fresh baked loaves of bread
Fresh baked loaves of bread

Booking and Other Information

To find out more information about any of the courses or catering on offer please call Claire Passaris on 07999 871 053.

To book a course please send a booking form and cheque to Claire Passaris, A Taste of the Past, 80 Orpin Road, Merstham, Redhill, Surrey. RH1 3EY. I do require payment in full at the time of booking as I have to pay for everything before the course. However I will not cash your cheques until I have enough people to run the course. Please give me your e-mail address or mobile phone number and I will send you a message a couple of days before I cash your cheque. I will also use it to tell you of any changes to the course details.