Our Basic Bread Course

During the half day basic bread course, students will learn the practicalities and principles of how to bake a few different kinds of basic bread.  We will mix and knead the dough, be amazed that it rises, shape it, bake it, and admire it when it comes out of the oven, golden and perfect for students to take home.

This is not a demonstration:  These are hands-on bread baking courses in which you will do the work yourself, so come prepared to get sticky and floury. Naturally, you will have plenty of bread to take home.

Classes are small:  You will get a great deal of individual attention and there is plenty of time and space to ask questions.

Come hungry:  Light meals and snacks are served.

How to book

Click here to search by date or class type and find a class that suits you.  Click here to look for a trainer by location.

Soda bread - perfect for sharing - from the Basic Bread class

Soda bread - perfect for sharing - from the Basic Bread class


20 Responses to “Our Basic Bread Course”

  1. Cynthia Burrows

    27. Jan, 2011

    Baked bread 35years ago when pregnant and need to vent frustrations with morning sickness. Would like to do it again but live in North Yorkshire therefore not near your courses. Do you have a book of recipes?

  2. virtuousbread

    27. Jan, 2011

    Hi Cynthia, I will copy an e mail to you on this one too....I don't have a book (although am writing one) but if you click on the virtuous network link you will find an approach to making bread and lots of wonderful recipes that have been given to me from various bakers. I have tried all of them and they all work! Let me know if you don't find what you are looking for/if you are looking for anything speciall and I can certainly see how I can help. Thanks, Jane

  3. Margaret

    12. Feb, 2011

    What a good idea! I would love to think up a Mommy's and Toddlers version of your course - it would have to be WAY shorter to hold two-year-old attention, but they would so love the hands-on part and the process, let alone the eating!

  4. virtuousbread

    12. Feb, 2011

    Dear Margaret, thanks for your comment. Oe could make dough that parents take home with them and bake at home? Then whip out ready prepared bread dough and bake in little buns (20 mins). Not really a bread class per se but if you look at a post entitled somethng like "easiest bread in the world" you will find a recipe you could use for the making and the (here's one I prepared earlier) baking. If you cannot find it, let me know!

  5. Bon

    28. Jul, 2011


    Can I ask if there are going to be any more courses in North Norfolk please? I'm thrilled to find some courses in this area but I've just missed the dates by the looks!

  6. virtuousbread

    29. Jul, 2011

    Hello! Yes there will be more courses in Norfolk! I will ask Rosie to get back to you directly. Kind regards,

  7. adeola akerele

    03. Feb, 2012

    i stay in nigeria, Africa and i wish to attend th[s course and learn bread making from the scratch. is this possible?

  8. Sherul

    14. Mar, 2012

    Hi Jane,
    Thanks for your reply..I really hope I can join
    the class by this year n the latest by next year..
    Before I book the class as a beginner should
    I take basic bread course & dinner party bread
    Course since I am not staying in the UK..!?..is
    that two courses good for beginners? I wish
    I can take two classes in a week since I normally
    Travel to the UK for a holiday..will email or call you
    from Malaysia before I fly there..

    Thank you


  9. Karan

    14. Jul, 2012

    I am from India and plan to visit London next month, and shall be there for a 30 days. I plan to learn baking breads and cakes, as many as possible during this period. Please guide me. I have no experience with baking as such :/

  10. Daisy

    22. Aug, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed your course last week and 1st 2 loaves are in the oven now! Hope you had a good trip to Northumberland. Am making 1lb loaves and wondering, when doing 2lb loaves, do I double everything? Or is it like making curry where not everything needs doubling?! eg flour, yeast, salt, kneading time, prooving time, cooking time...

  11. virtuousbread

    22. Aug, 2012

    Dear Daisy, double all ingredients but don't need to double prooving time. As re cooking - still go with the 45 minutes, but check as it may need 5-10 minutes more. Let me know!

  12. Daisy

    27. Aug, 2012

    Jane - 45mins was spot on and the 2lb spelt, sesame & sunflower seed loaf came out a treat! Have been experiementing lots with honey, black treacle, nuts and seeds.

    Another question. Why do you suggest kneading the dough, letting it rest for 15 mins and then adding the seeds etc? Why not knead dough and then knead in nuts/seeds etc and then leave to rest for 1+hr? When I tried it your way and added soaked linseed, it was nigh on impossible to get the linseed in to the dough (because they were so slippery and kept sliding off the dough!). What's the science behind your method? dx

  13. candy

    22. Oct, 2013

    I want to join the course, but question I am not live in UK.I am living in Austraila. I make different bread , all the bread is on the top to change to brown, in the bottom is under cook

    my oven just high to 250 degrees C.

    how can I do?

  14. virtuousbread

    23. Oct, 2013

    Hi there, I suggest you buy an oven thermometer in the first instance to check the temperature of your oven. If it is correct you will simply need to ajust. If it is too brown on the top, just cover it with some foil and keep baking it until it is cooked!

  15. candy

    23. Oct, 2013

    thank you for your suggestion , I will try it.
    Also I have the other thing, How can I keep the bread to fresh.
    After I finished the bake the bread , it was still hot , until it coold down.

    How can I do ?

    Use the plastic bag put it in fridge. ??

  16. candy

    23. Oct, 2013

    I think I can show you
    my bread
    picture .

  17. Chinyere Olaide

    03. Aug, 2015

    Hi, I am a Nigeria lady. I want to study how to make special bread and other pastry. How can I register for the course?
    Thank you.

  18. virtuousbread

    05. Aug, 2015

    Hello! If you go here:


    you will see a list of our bread courses!


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