You love bread, we all love bread, and we know nothing is better than fresh baked bread, but getting to the bakery can be hard - and sometimes downright pricey. If you can carve out the time to make a loaf at home, I swear to you there is nothing more delicious than cutting into bread that is still warm from the oven and made with love and care.
This class is a little bit of history, a heap of science, a pinch of skill-building, and a whole lot of deliciousness. Follow along and learn how to become an amazing home-baker, confident enough to make any bread recipe and shape any loaf.
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Lesson 1: Tools and Materials for Bread
All the tools and materials commonly used in a bread baker's kitchen. This includes a complete shopping list to source all your goods and accessories, really everything you *knead* to know to get started! :D
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Lesson 2: Weighing Out Ingredients
This first loaf gets you weighing, mixing, and cooking breads like a real baker! Make a country white bread that is practical for every carb-y occasion, and get some fundamental skills down.
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Lesson 3: Proofing Your Yeast
We go over how to nurture the yeast in your dough so you can get the best possible bread.
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Lesson 4: Bulk Mix
Mixing is just tossing everything together, right? It's a little bit more complex when you need to consider how gluten comes together before you begin fermenting your dough.
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Lesson 5: Kneading
Take matters into your own hands and learn how to knead bread for perfect gluten development. I present just one way to knead bread, but guide you to develop your own method.
Lesson 6: Your First Rise
Finally get fermenting in this lesson when we let our dough proof! This part of the process is where we develop all our flavors, remember time is on your side.
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Lesson 7: Shaping Your Loaf
Shaping your dough is a critical step in excellent breadmaking. This lesson demos how to prep your dough to fit into a common loaf pan.
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Lesson 8: Baking Your Bread
We turn up the heat in this lesson when we talk about the last part of breadmaking, baking! Always wondered how to get that perfectly chewy crust? Take a look inside.
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Lesson 9: Slicing and Serving Bread
You made it! You've baked, and most likely snacked, your way to the end! Share your favorite breads and post dough questions in this final class resource guide.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!