Our 5 star rated bread courses are run at the Dusty Knuckle bakery, and whether you are new to baking, want to improve your bread-making skills or are looking for the perfect gift then we have something for you.
We run a range of evening and weekend courses which will teach you all the skills you need, in a fun, friendly environment. Our courses range from introductory to advanced levels, and we also offer gift certificates which make the perfect present.
The Dusty Knuckle Bakery
The Dusty Knuckle is an award winning artisan microbakery born in a cleverly converted shipping container in Dalston, Hackney (20 mins from London Liverpool street).
Our tutors Max, Rebecca & Daisy have quickly developed the bakery's reputation for making fantastic bread, and as well as supplying local restaurants and delicatessens, you can also find their bread at a number of the best farmer's markets in London.
On our full day course we start with a delicious breakfast of the bakery's bread & pastries and great coffee (on tap throughout the day) as we get to know each other and understand everyone's baking experience to date. We often welcome complete beginners and that works just fine!
The team will then give you a grounding in the key breadmaking principles, what ingredients and equipment you need, before we get you making your first dough.
You will be guided through each recipe and will also have a full set of recipes and notes to take away. As you work you will learn more and more about the artisan methods of gluten development, mixing, autolysis and dough management, as well as the impact of variations in time & temperature.
The team will also give you personal feedback on how to develop & improve your skills.
Working with Sourdough
Sourdough is getting more and more popular every day and for good reason - it has much more flavour, is a natural product and is much better for you as well as the long fermentation gives a bread which is much easier to digest.
On our full day course we start by making your first dough using the Bakery's sourdough starter made from wild yeasts. You will learn why it takes longer to ferment than a regular yeasted dough, and also some tricks of how you can use this to your advantage by fitting the longer schedule into the rest of your day.
You will also take away a sample of the Bakery's sourdough starter with full instructions of how to look after it, and even how to make your own from scratch.
Developing your Skills
Once you have got your sourdough started, you'll then be guided through 4 further doughs which are designed help you practice your skills, but also to see the variations between different types of bread.
On the course you will get a great insight into the life & rhythm of an artisan bakery, but the team are equally focussed on ensuring you take away the skills you need to make great bread in your own home - where presumably you do not have professional deck ovens!
One great tip is to bake using a Dutch oven which is a large casserole pot with a lid (usually cast iron). A pre-heated dutch oven will hold the oven heat long enough to give your bread a good spring, and the lid will also contain the steam released from the dough in the oven to make a delicious crust with a natural sheen. You can read more of our tips for homebaking here.
7 New Bakers are born!
After a hearty lunch you will return to your stations to making & shaping your doughs.
As your last breads are baked in the oven you will also have a chance to ask any questions about the skills you have learnt, or cover any troubleshooting issues you may have from baking at home (bring in your photos for us to discuss!).
Ready to go home
As well as your new found skills you will also take away a lovely jute bag containing all the recipes, your sourdough starter & all the bread you've made - make sure you book your friends in for a visit to try your produce!
'Really enjoyed the day. Excellent knowledgeable instructor, very patient & took time to explain processes to everyone' Mark
'Absolutely great night and I learnt so much about making great bread. Top praise for the way the bakers at the Dusty Knuckle taught us. It was great fun! Michelle
'Really enjoyable. I'm inspired to start baking regularly to keep the culture alive!' Mike
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