A selection of the bread I made on Ma Baker’s course
Review of the Indytute Bread Making Course, London SW6
Several years ago, the launch of the TV series The Great British Bake Off changed us forever. Almost overnight we became a nation obsessed with baking, for pleasure, for competition, for showing off to our friends and for winning popularity in the office.
I have always considered it something of a Dark Art, akin to witchcraft, because no matter how ardently I followed a recipe, the results were nothing short of catastrophic. So it was with eager anticipation and a smidge of nerves that I attended the Indytute’s Bread Making Course with Ma Baker (otherwise known as Liz Wilson), in SW6.
Ma Baker is the perfect teacher. Unflappable, funny and incredibly patient, even while I bombarded her with questions Liz skilfully led us through the different aspects of baking varieties of breads, and even gave us the opportunity to make our own butter. During the tea break, as our breads were left to prove, we sampled several different breads and cakes lovingly made by Liz, all the while hoping that our own creations would come as close in flavour and consistency. [click to continue…]