Just a note to stay that I really enjoyed my one day British course in early April. The theory I learned has been really useful in helping me understand recipes better and has extended what I’d already picked up from books. However, as with my engineering apprenticeship 35 years ago, the main value was in learning the hand skills from a real master craftsman. Some things you just can’t learn from a book!
Armed with the experience from the course, I got myself a baking stone, hacked a peel out of some plywood & had my first few goes at hand shaping – something I wouldn’t have had the confidence to try before the course.
It was a huge privilege and a great pleasure working with you – there could have been no better introduction to the craft of baking. I’m most grateful, and you were also a most generous host too.
I would like to thank you very much for the great time I had at your French with Sourdough course at the beginning of March. I learnt a lot and now feel more confident about going forward.
I had a go at your pain au levain recipe on Friday and got the best rise I have had from a sourdough to date and the taste was lovely. I am trying the Normandy sourdough rye today as a neighbour enjoyed the one I brought back from the course so much she has commissioned one.
After attending your ‘Going Professional’ course in October, I have begun – in a very small way – to do just that. I now now bake once a week for a farm shop at a garden nursery. I bake sourdough loaves on Friday and get up early on Saturday to bake a range of yeasted loaves. I have been doing this for 12 weeks and the amount that I am selling is gradually creeping up. I am enjoying it a lot; it balances out the other work that I do. Although I had been baking for many years, your course gave me the confidence to develop it.
As I sit here eating our delicious semolina bread for breakfast, I wanted to send you a brief note for a truly wonderful three days at PANARY. For me, your course was pitched at just the right level. I loved the way we gradually became more confident and at the end, you were letting us ‘just get on with it’… (that’s how it appeared anyway, the mark of a good teacher!).