Ten go baking at River Cottage


This year we are celebrating Mr D’s 50th birthday and nephew James is 21.  So on Good Friday we took a group of family and friends to River Cottage for a Baking Bread course.

I haven’t made bread before, mainly because I thought it involved lots of kneading – which looked like hard work!  But we didn’t have to knead anything for longer than 5 minutes.


James with the foccacia dough – sometimes a bowl just isn’t big enough!


We made pizzas to go in the wood fired oven – this is Hugh’s kitchen on the TV.  Mr D looks very proud of his pizza – he says it was just a small snack.


We made Hot Cross buns for Easter.  These are mine!


Most of the day we were in this wonderful barn, each with our own cooking station.


It was a fantastic day and Joe, our teacher, was excellent.   We were given masses of information, but lots of breaks and snacks too.


We all came home with three breads – foccacia, a basic loaf, soda bread and four Hot Cross Buns.  So when those are gone (they’re mostly in the freezer) I feel confident I can make some more!


  1. Looks like a fab day. I treated my OH to a fish preparation course at River Cottage a few years back – I’ve been reaping the rewards of all he learnt ever since, the Salt & Pepper squid is yummy!

  2. Ooooh, those look so good! And bread really isn’t all that hard to make. It’s just time-consuming because of all the rising and such. It looks like it was a really fun class!

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