Learning to Make Bread

I’ve always pictured myself as one of those people who spends Sunday afternoons making fantastic loaves of bread for the family to enjoy. Or who produces a wonderful sharing loaf for a dinner party. However, I have yet to actually make a loaf of bread and I know I wouldn’t make it through Bread Week if I did Bake Off. Cake and biscuits I can do. Bread I have no experience of baking at all. Until now…

A good friend bought me a voucher to spend at the Lemon and Soul Cookery School and I chose the bread making masterclass (and splashed out the extra so Tom could come along too).

Bowl of flour with work bench in background
A messy bench is a happy bread?!

We made a great selection of breads: Cinnamon Wasps Nests, Carrot and Poppy Seed Wholemeal Buns, Kaiser Rolls and Pitta Bread. There was lots of kneading and proving and kneading and proving but we had a great time!

Cinnamon Wasps Nests

These are sweet cinnamon buns and were the first dough we made. They were delicious little buns, though cinnamon isn’t my favourite so Tom will probably be forced to eat them all (what a shame!)

Bowl of flour ad trays of cinnamon butter
Trays of filling waiting for the cinnamon rolls

Somehow in all the fun I forgot to get a picture of the cinnamon buns!

Carrot and Poppy Seed Wholemeal Buns

These were my favourite of the lot. Little perfect vegetable rolls. We had ours with some butternut squash soup for tea and they were perfect. I will definitely be making these again in the future!

A carrot and poppy seed roll being held in two hands
Tom shows off his perfectly round little roll
A selection of different shaped rolls
We learned lots of different shapes

Kaiser Rolls

These are white bread rolls with a small amount of honey or malt for flavour. The dough was really good for shaping the rolls and the taste was lovely. I would make these again for a lunch or rolls to have with a meal.

A knotted plait dough roll and some round rolls ready for second prove
Shaped dough in plaits and round roll shapes
A Selection of Kaiser rolls in different shapes
A selection of the shapes we made. Tom was very proud of his small plaits.

Pitta Breads

This was a very simple dough and easy to make and shape. We would like to make this as mini pizzas next time as Katarina suggested that was popular in her family!

Pitta breads in a green bag
Our pitta breads nestling in our bag to take them home!

We really enjoyed our bread making course, and we will definitely use the recipes again. As we go into the winter we’re planning to make soups for lunches to take to work and the carrot and wholemeal rolls will be perfect to go with them. A happy Sunday afternoon can be spent making soup and rolls for the week ahead!

If you’re in or near Southampton then I really recommend the Lemon and Soul cookery school. Do look them up and learn something new!

Kaiser rolls and man wearing branded apron
Tom proudly shows off our final bakes and his stylish apron we got to wear during the class!

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