Breadmaking Courses for 2018 . . .

Although Allendale Bakery has ceased production, after a decade of breadmaking (at various times on a daily or weekly basis), we’re still eager to help train aspiring bakers.  Anyone can make bread, but just a little bit of friendly advice in a course situation can make all the difference between leaden bricks and a light, satisfying crumb.

So, after an autumn of travel and settling down to retired life, and an extended interlude while winter blocks us in up in the fellside of Spartylea, we’ll be more than ready for some formal courses, and Carrie has now picked her dates and subject matter.  Enquiries are already rolling in, with some courses half-full already, so don’t hesitate to contact her by email (

The day-long courses kick off with coffee and introductions at 8:30 in the morning, followed by dough-making and loaf forming throughout the next few hours.  Lunch is offered at around 1pm, and baking commences thereafter.  Usually by about 4pm all the freshly baked bread is stacked on cooling trays ready to wrap up for each participant to take home.  These baking course days are an ideal gift, of course, and we’re delighted to provide vouchers in advance.    Course fees range from £95 to £110, and we ask kindly for payment in advance.

Please note that we keep our course fees low by trusting participants not to let us down by cancelling or attempting to re-book a different date at the last minute;  each course is limited to 4 participants.

So, with all of the fine print out of the way, our course offerings for 2018 are as follows:

  • Saturday, 28th April, 2018:  Breadmaking for Beginners
  • Saturday, 5th May, 2018:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday, 19th May, 2018:  Middle Eastern Breads
  • Saturday, 2nd June, 2018:  Italian Breads
  • Saturday, 30th June, 2018:  French Breads
  • Saturday, 7th July, 2018:  Sourdough Techniques
  • Saturday 11th August, 2018:  Stuffed Breads
  • Saturday 26th August, 2018:  European Festival Breads
  • Saturday 1st September, 2018:  Breadmaking for Beginners

And that will be the extent of our offerings for the coming year, as we ever-so-effortlessly glide into retirement proper.