I’ve been something of a hermit this month but when I was invited by Curry’s PC World and Hotpoint to try out a bread baking class at the Jamie Oliver Cookery School a couple of weekends ago I thought it would be a nice way to ease me back into blog life with Westfield only being a couple of stops away on the tube.
However, I didn’t read the email properly until the day before though and the class was actually at Westfield White City and not Westfield Stratford, oops! Much earlier than I had planned for a Sunday I hopped on the tube though and made my way West. After getting slightly lost and wandering around the shopping mall for a while I eventually found the restaurant which also houses the cooking school.
Now I’ve always thought that baking bread was quite tricky but turns out I was wrong, you just need a bit of patience. Of course it helps when all of your ingredients are already measured out for you, you know that you don’t have to do the washing up afterwards and you have brand spanking new Hotpoint ovens that will ensure your bread bakes evenly.
After a quick demonstration we were put to work almost straight away making the first of what would be three different breads. First up we made a basic bread dough for which all you need is flour, yeast, salt and water!
Kneading the dough was quite the workout and as I was recovering from a cold it took a lot out of me but it was a lot of fun and there was plenty of time to rest while we saw demonstrations of the other goodies we’d be making; a rosemary salt focaccia as well as my favourite, a red onion and walnut doughnut shaped loaf which was absolutely divine slathered in butter – absolutely salivating just thinking about it!
Once our original dough had proved we set about getting a little creative and turned it into lovely little shapes that we then devoured along with bowls of steaming pumpkin soup and a cheese fondue to die for (recipes for both of which can be found on the Curry’s website) while enjoying a little chit-chat with the rest of the days bakers.
The bread making classes last for 3 hours and cost £65 but the school offers a lot of different options starting from £35 – the filled pasta course in particular has caught my eye being a bit of pasta fiend!