Ashburton Cookery School

Artisan Bread Weekend

Ashburton Cookery School

Artisan Bread Weekend

Nothing can beat the taste of fresh, homemade bread and our Artisan Bread Weekend is designed to teach you the traditional artisanal bread-making techniques that result in delicious, nutritious bread.

Over this weekend you will be learning traditional techniques including Poolish, a traditional starter for breads such as Sourdough, Baguettes and Italian Ciabatta. Often known as the "Mother dough", artisan bakers will use a starter that has been kept alive for years and is often passed down through generations within the family. These methods create an incredible crust and a sour flavour to the dough along with aeration that can't be achieved using quicker methods.

All breads made on this course can be made by hand and replicated at home and you will leave the course on Sunday with an abundance of baked breads.

Most mass-produced bread in the UK is made using the Chorleywood Process, which involves large quantities of yeast, high-energy mixers with additives and preservatives to both accelerate production time and increase shelf life resulting in the spongy, flavourless and nutritionally poor product we are all familiar with.

In contrast, 'Real Bread' develops a complex flavour with a lengthy fermentation process giving dough up to 24 hours to develop, allowing the natural enzymes to react with the flour in their own time for a much more robust flavour and texture. Since the enzymes have had time to begin breaking down the gluten in the flour while fermenting, the resulting bread is easier to digest. As Real Bread contains no additives or preservatives, it has a shorter shelf life but it's taste, texture and purity more than makes up for this.

Course Content

    Saturday Recipes

    • Spiced flat bread
    • Beetroot and walnut bread
    • Breakfast muffins
    • 24 hour Sourdough
    • Baguette starter
    • Ciabatta starter
    • Overnight brioche
    • Rum savarin


    • Seasonal soup with beetroot and walnut bread


    • Spiced flat bread with roasted vegetables and goats cheese
    • Rum savarin, chantilly cream, and seasonal fruits

    Sunday Recipes

    • Traditional sour dough loaf
    • Toasted pumpkin seed baguettes
    • Ciabatta
    • Olive burger buns
    • Raspberry and white chocolate brioche muffins


    • Eggs benedict with breakfast muffins

Allergy Advice

This course is not suitable for those with the following allergies:-

  • Gluten Intolerence / Ceoliac
  • Nut allergy

Residential Cookery Course

Weekend Accommodation just £138

Relax at Ashburton Court with an en-suite room with double bed, television, free wifi, tea and coffee making facilities and a delicious breakfast.

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Partners can stay for just £20 extra per night and don't need to take a cookery course!

While you enjoy your cookery course on Saturday & Sunday, your partner can explore our wonderful Dartmoor area.

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