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The simple joys of bread-making: 7 steps to feeling good

If you’ve tried your hand at baking, you’ll know it to be a rather satisfying process, even if the end result isn’t quite what you’d planned or expected… and if you haven’t had a go yet, well, there’s no time like the present.

We’ve teamed up Bath cookery school The Bertinet Kitchen - headed by celebrity chef Richard Bertinet, whose speciality lies in crafting the very best artisan loaves - to share with you the simple pleasures of baking bread.

All photos by Jean Cazals from ‘Crust’, by Richard Bertinet (Kyle Books).

Step 1: Perfecting your recipe

Expelling some creative energy, drawing on past experiments, using favourite flavours and inspired combinations – something to really look forward to.

Step 2: Preparing and weighing out the ingredients

Weighing each ingredient exactly to the gram and lining them all up in bowls, ready for mixing - a chance for your inner-perfectionist to shine.

The Bertinet Kitchen - Joys of Bread-Making

Step 3: We all knead to get our frustrations out from time to time…

Wave bye-bye to any excess stress as the dough turns from sticky, to smooth and elastic.

The Bertinet Kitchen - Joys of Bread-Making

The Bertinet Kitchen - Joys of Bread-Making

Step 4: Shaping your creation ready for baking

The satisfaction of perfectly forming the dough for its final prove and baking.

The Bertinet Kitchen - Joys of Bread-Making

Step 5: Sweet smells coming from the oven as your creation rises to perfection

How satisfying – and those delicious smells really heighten your anticipation.

The Bertinet Kitchen - Joys of Bread-Making

Step 6: Taking it out of the oven and letting it cool

A nice hollow sound when tapped on the bottom … feeling proud, and the extra wait as it cools makes the hunger even greater.

Step 7: Finally tucking in and enjoying your efforts

And if it doesn’t work out, laughter is the best medicine…


Win a Croissant and Viennoiserie Masterclass with Richard Bertinet

As part of our 'Feel Good' competition, we are giving away the chance for you and a friend to take part in a Richard Bertinet masterclass at The Bertinet Kitchen, among other fantastic feel good experiences. Hurry, the competition closes on 28th February 2017! Enter the competition now.

Perfect your baking skills and enjoy real, artisan bread in Bath

The Bertinet Kitchen run a full schedule of baking, cooking and culinary skills courses, all year-round. Find out more about The Bertinet Kitchen.

Feeling hungry? Make sure to stop by one of Richard Berinet's bakeries for a perfect loaf or tasty pick-me-up. Find them on New Bond Street Place and Brunel Square.


If you liked this, then why not take a look at our other blog posts for more inspiration on visiting, and feeling good in Bath.

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Win a Feel Good mini-break in Bath for two...

To celebrate Bath being named as a top Feel Good destination, we are giving away a mini-break in Bath for two, designed to truly make you feel good. Find out how to enter. Hurry, the competition closes on 28th February 2017!

Feel good in Bath

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