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Bread Baking

This is my first thread so apologies if I have posted in the wrong place.

I have been baking various breads and have enjoyed it very much, found it therapeutic during these difficult times. I would like to share this knowledge with others by offering some classes and also bring people together (albeit online during this period). Just wanted to ask people if there is an interest among people to learn bread baking? Is it something people would be willing to pay a small amount towards to learn over a couple of hours? Frankly, is it worth trying to establish or are people generally disinterested in this sort of craft? Any advice and views will be most appreciated.
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This is my first thread so apologies if I have posted in the wrong place.

I have been baking various breads and have enjoyed it very much, found it therapeutic during these difficult times. I would like to share this knowledge with others by offering some classes and also bring people together (albeit online during this period). Just wanted to ask people if there is an interest among people to learn bread baking? Is it something people would be willing to pay a small amount towards to learn over a couple of hours? Frankly, is it worth trying to establish or are people generally disinterested in this sort of craft? Any advice and views will be most appreciated.
I'm sure people wouldn't be disinterested in bread baking, unless they were coeliac or had a gluten allergy, maybe. They might be uninterested, though.

On a more relevant note, sounds like a reasonable idea. Why not put a class together and advertise it (when you qualify) in our Commercial events section?

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Re: Bread Baking

Thank you. Yes that is a valid point.
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Re: Bread Baking

Online is less a problem but if you want to work with food and earn money while doing so, you need to follow rules and have certain certificates. There is a lot of information about these things here on the English Forum. Please check before you start.
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Re: Bread Baking

Thank you. Yes, that would be the right way around it and great that the information is already there. Will certainly check those out.
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Re: Bread Baking

I love making bread, and baking and cooking in general. I'm the main bread-winner in the family ( you see what I did there), but there's something far more satisfying about literally putting the bread on the table.

My daughter-in-law bought me and my wife a 3 hour course in making chocolate delicacies. At the end of it, I still wasn't convinced it was right to adulterate the pure stuff... I'm sure a bread-making course would attract interest.
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Re: Bread Baking

I totally understand how you would love to turn your love of baking into a business.

Since you asked for opinions (so I am in no way trying to discourage you), there are SO many free baking/cooking videos and websites available online, I would personally not pay for a class.
I've always liked cooking and baking but I started baking breads in the last month or two - all from youtube videos and they've been great.

Maybe I am the minority - and more people will tell you they'd love a class
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The thing about courses is that you get to interact. That's their selling point over videos. It makes a difference to me.
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Re: Bread Baking

Ha Ha! Good one about being the 'Breadwinner". You are correct NotAllThere, the satisfaction of having a good home baked loaf is wonderful. Yes, the interaction you get with people on a course is great. Unfortunately, I am not sure if that will be possible for a while.

Summergirl, this was not exactly to make money, but rather to get people together, bake in the comfort of our own kitchens and to charge a small amount for the time invested in it. I also get your point about the numerous classes both free and charged online. Personally, I think an interactive class (even online) would be worth it over watching just a video. That's just how I like it as NotAllThere pointed.The discussions, the exchange of ideas and being able to ask questions in real time is important to me. But I get your very valid point. Good luck with your bread baking.
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Re: Bread Baking

The thing with baking bread is that it's very slow.


Especially once you get into sourdough baking.


That's why stuff like pasta-classes is much easier: you can complete that from zero to finish in three or four hours.
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Re: Bread Baking

Yes, sourdough is a slow bread, but if planned right it can be taught and learnt in a couple of hours. There are many other breads both savoury and sweet that can be learnt in a couple of hours. But I agree pasta making can be great fun too in a short time.
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Re: Bread Baking

Tossing in my 2P:

I've started baking more in the last year, and yes, whenever questions arise (usually around not rising) I think, "if only I could ask my MIL someone..."

But honestly, I've taken up baking and other hands-on hobbies to get away from the screen take-over of my COVID life. Baking is a form of Zoom detox - I just don't want an interactive community invading my kitchen refuge.

Over the course of this pandemic, if there is one thing I have come to loathe, it's interactive groups on a screen. And I hate hate hate with the fire of a thousand burning suns the idea of having to spend my precious leisure time on a screen. When the day comes that I never have to join another Zoom call I'll count myself a happy camper.

So... for me, your proposal would be a no.

Nonetheless, I applaud your efforts and wish you all the best.
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Re: Bread Baking

I totally understand. It's different for me as I don't spend lots of time online. But for some one who does, I can imagine how it would be a no. Thanks for sharing your views. May be someday when this ends we will get to meet around a table and bake and share our experiences in bread baking.

Good luck with all your baking.
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Re: Bread Baking

Damn, I thought this thread was about Breaking Bad.
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Damn, I thought this thread was about Breaking Bad.
Yeah, tell me about disappointing threads, I thought that was was about bouillon but it was about bullion. And I have such a beautiful 12l pressure cooker, just for that (for bouillon). My disappointment was immeasurable. Who would want to have gold over food?

OP, show us some pics of your bread, share some amazing recipes, I want to know that you are worth a few rappen
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Re: Bread Baking

Thanks for the response. Pictures, not sure I am allowed to. Will look into it. I posted to find out what the people thought about the idea not to sell a class per say. I do apologise if the wording was wrong. But I agree pictures will be important.
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Re: Bread Baking

I use Hamilton Beach Bread Maker which does literally everything.
If you bake frequently, it makes sense to buy a bread machine. The appliance will make it easy for you to mix the dough evenly and knead it. A bread machine will save you a lot of time and effort you would put in kneading the dough
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I use Hamilton Beach Bread Maker which does literally everything.
If you bake frequently, it makes sense to buy a bread machine. The appliance will make it easy for you to mix the dough evenly and knead it. A bread machine will save you a lot of time and effort you would put in kneading the dough
The whole fun of baking bread is kneading! (at least for me ) For me using a bread machine won't give me the feeling I really did it myself.
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The whole fun of baking bread is kneading! (at least for me ) For me using a bread machine won't give me the feeling I really did it myself.
What's fun got to do with it? The pleasure for me is having a freshly-baked loaf ready first thing in the morning, or whenever I want it; kneading, proving, knocking back and all that stuff is just a chore.

As for machines, I recall when we first got one 30-odd years ago the advice given to us in John Lewis was, to paraphrase "the Panasonic is the gold standard and nothing else is as good" so we went with that, never been disappointed. Same basic machine is still the gold standard today as far as I can tell. I've tried a couple of others, including one I've been wrestling with for years in the hope that if I find the right recipe it will give better-than-just-OK results, but I think I'll be getting shot of it and buy another Panasonic sometime soon.
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Re: Bread Baking

I find bread maker advertising to be slightly disingenious.

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