Artisan Bakehouse proves the knead for a bakery school

Huddersfield’s newest artisan bakery, Farnley Market, is set to deliver artisan bakery courses aimed at home bakers from January 2015.

Due to customer demand since opening in September this year, the baker behind the Bakehouse at Farnley Market, Stephen Harrison will teach budding bread-makers how to bake traditional artisan bread rather than bread machine style loaves.

Stephen, who trained at The School of Artisan Food in Nottingham, will deliver the courses alongside Sandie Tomlinson who has an advanced diploma in artisan baking and experience gained from numerous artisan bakeries across the UK.

The half day courses, aimed at amateur bakers, will deliver basic bread making skills initially; patisserie will follow and then more advanced baking. The students will learn how to make fougasse, a type of French bread, various loaves and bread rolls. They will also enjoy a light lunch at the Bakehouse and will take away a starter kit containing a bowl, scrapers, bannetons, grignettes and part-proved dough.

The courses, charged at £75 per person, will take place at the Bakehouse, Farnley Tyas. Since announcing the bakery school on social media, January’s course has already sold out. However, places are still available on Saturday 28 February 12″“4 pm. Stephen hopes to deliver two a month thereafter dependent on customer demand.

Places on the courses can be purchased as a voucher to provide a unique Christmas gift for budding bakers from a loved one who wants to keep present giving local and useful.

Founder and baker at the Bakehouse, Stephen Harrison commented:

“Our ethos has always been to provide a warm, friendly community spirited and stimulating atmospheric hub which we have successfully achieved in the three months we have been open.

“As well as selling the produce ourselves, it will bring together a strong community of fellow ‘at home bakers’ to learn how to bake healthy alternatives to commercial bread which is packed with additives and preservatives. Those attending will hopefully be inspired by our passion for the craft and take away tips and tricks that no book will ever teach you.”

Stephen, who left a long standing career in manufacturing to bake, has already built up a name as a talented baker in the area. Along with wife and business partner Simone, Stephen was recently a judge for the Star Inn at Folly Hall, Huddersfield’s ‘Festiv-Off’ bake-off which saw local man Chris Holland win a place on the first course for his gluten-free fruit cake.

The Bakehouse is also selling a range of Christmas hampers, filled with a variety of local produce including cheese from Michael Lee, charcuterie from Greedy Little Pig, Yorkshire Drizzle oils and vinegars, Lilly Pickles condiments alongside their own homemade artisan bread loaves and vouchers to purchase whatever the recipient would like in the New Year.

To book a place on to the bakery courses or purchase a voucher in time for Christmas, pop into the Farnley Bakehouse on Field Lane, Farnley Tyas, Huddersfield, HD4 6BS or call 01484 506165.