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.
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.
Step 4: Shaping your creation ready for baking
The satisfaction of perfectly forming the dough for its final prove and baking.
Step 5: Sweet smells coming from the oven as your creation rises to perfection
How satisfying – and those delicious smells really heighten your anticipation.
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.
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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