From budding bread maker to master baker

On this 10-week course, learn to master a breadth of baking skills and delicious recipes, from the classic enriched white loaf, to beautiful Italian breads like focaccia and ciabatta.

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Become a master bread baker in just 10 weeks

Our 10-week Basics to Baker course will cover all the fundamentals of bread making, teaching you foundational bread-making skills all the way through to more advanced techniques, such as sourdough and croissants.

This course is ideal for anyone who loves to cook and is looking to master basic to advanced bread-making skills to last a lifetime. On completion, students will have a thorough understanding of yeasted doughs, naturally leavened breads, shaping and baking.

Week by week, you’ll learn to bake a breadth of delicious recipes, from the classic enriched white loaf to beautiful Italian breads, like focaccia and ciabatta. You’ll cover sourdough, flatbreads, pizzas, bagels, rye, and the notoriously tricky babka, to name just a few.

As with all Leiths Online Cookery School courses, you’ll enjoy the best of in-person learning at home through a unique digital experience. With bespoke teacher input and tailored feedback alongside in-depth, step-by-step tuition throughout, you'll gain an education beyond what books can provide. The course is also supported by invaluable culinary theory, powering the perfect rise every time, as well as interactive class connectivity so you can enjoy the learning experience with like-minded cooks.

Earn a Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion

Get your Leiths-approved Certificate of Completion, acknowledging your growth as a chef, and giving you the confidence to continue developing your skills moving forward.

Learn from the experts

Taught by the same expert Leiths teachers who teach at our school in London, you will gain a thorough practical skillset and knowledge of bread making.

The learning experience

Via the Workshop app, you can access your step-by-step, video guided cooking sessions anywhere on mobile, tablet or on the web.

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Bespoke mentorship

Receive individual feedback and guidance from your dedicated Leiths mentor throughout your course.

Basics to Baker: 10-week online course

This 10 week course will teach you the fundamentals of bread making, from foundational bread making skills to more advanced techniques such as sourdough and croissants.

Each week, you unlock a new video-based lesson with your class that take you step-by-step through the process of cooking a variety of recipes. Our unique hands-on method of learning means you’ll be cooking from day one, with no need to read pages of theory in advance.

By joining the course, you will have access to the following through the Workshop app:

· 10 units, unlocked weekly, guiding you through 4-12 hours of cooking time each week

· More than 30 individual cooking sessions

- Expert guidance and one-to-one support from your class mentor

· Collaborative chat with your own private class and mentor

· Feedback on your dishes from your class and mentor via a private in-app feed of photo uploads

· A ‘Certificate of Completion’ after you complete everything on the course

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In addition to the core aspects of the course, you will also get:

· Downloadable Leiths recipes and additional resources for you to keep

· Access to your course dashboard for a total of 12 months after your start date

A ‘kit list’ of ingredients will be made available to you at the beginning of each session so that you can plan ahead. If you’re unable to find specific ingredients, advice on alternatives can be provided on request.

You will need access to a well-stocked kitchen, including at least a double hob (two rings) and an oven, preferably with a grill. In order to access the course content, you will need a smartphone or tablet and the Workshop app. A stand mixer with dough hook attachment is recommended but not essential. A comprehensive list of everything you will need for the course will be sent to you ahead of the start date.

Average cooking time: 4 to 12 hours per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule (1 to 3) your practical sessions and to assemble all the kit you’ll need to start cooking.
  2. In every session, you will follow an expert Leiths teacher through a series of step-by-step videos in your own kitchen, learning directly through your experience.
  3. After each session, you will be asked to upload photos of your creations for discussion and feedback from your classmates and mentor.
  4. Once you have completed all sessions on the course, you will earn your Digital Certificate of Completion.

Your week-by-week course curriculum

Week 1. Yeasted Bread

You’ll be guided through essential bread theory and equipment. Alongside this you’ll make a starter, an enriched white loaf and use wholemeal flour for bread rolls.

Week 2. Pizza & Flatbread

You’ll be learning how to use your bread dough to make authentic pan pizza and spiced flatbreads.

Week 3. Bagels

Discover how to perfect the classic New York style bagels. Using a larger quantity of dough, you will learn how to shape, blanche, top and bake this chewy bread staple.

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Week 4. Enriched bread part 1

You’ll learn how to work with a heavily enriched dough to create a sweet soft Chelsea bun filled with custard.

Week 5. Bigas part 1

You’ll be making an Italian biga to develop flavour in your focaccia.

Week 6. Wild Yeasted bread part 1

You’ll be making a nutritiously dense Vollkornbrot with a distinct chew and rye flavour.

Week 7. Enriched bread part 2

Another highly enriched dough to then master a chocolate, halva and orange babka.

Week 8. Bigas part 2

You’ll be bulk fermenting and using a biga to make classic ciabatta loaves.

Week 9. Wild Yeasted bread part 2

Master the complexities of a wild yeasted sourdough loaf, alongside practising the shaping, scoring and baking process.

Week 10. Croissants & pain au chocolat

You’ll be learning how to make laminated doughs, resulting in warm, buttery croissants and delicate pain au chocolat for a perfect breakfast pastry.


*T&Cs for loaf tin and apron offer

Available while stocks last and for UK customers only. We'll endeavour to send your tin and apron ASAP, but there could be delays dependent on supply chains and postage.

This offer is only eligible for purchases of our Basics to Baker online course taken between 18.10.21 and 31.10.21. We will email you after your purchase to request your shipping address, so please look out for it in your inbox.

Do I need to complete sessions at specific times?

Your class will be moving forward at a pace of 1 unit per week. However, after each unit is unlocked, you have the freedom to complete each session entirely at your own pace. You can also schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

This course has been carefully designed to embrace the advantages of real-world, in-person learning experiences but in the comfort of your own kitchen. You will be taken through the subject matter week by week to give you the chance to digest what you’ve learnt whilst progressing at a steady pace alongside your classmates. Unlike a real-world course though, you will also have the opportunity to revisit sessions and practice whenever and wherever you like!

What if I miss a week?

There’s no need to worry if you have a holiday booked or have to miss a week or two during the course. You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total of 6 months from your start date, and so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up if you need to.

How will I interact with my class?

Shortly before your course start date, you will be invited to introduce yourself to the rest of your class via messaging on the Workshop app.

Each week, your class will unlock a new unit together, encouraging you all to cook the same dishes in the same week. At the end of every session, you will be asked to upload a photo of your dish, which your class and mentor will be able to view, like and provide feedback on.

How much contact will I get with my Leiths mentor?

You can contact your mentor directly through the app at any time, and will receive a response within 48 hours. Your mentor will also be able to grade and comment on your photo uploads with any feedback they may have.

When will I get to meet my class?

You’ll be able to log into the Workshop app and access your class group discussion shortly before your start date so that you can chat away and get acquainted!

Will I get a list of all the cooking equipment I’ll need for the course ahead of time?

Yes, you can find an equipment list in the course curriculum, which can be downloaded on the course web page. We’ll send you a full equipment list and a list of good suppliers after you have purchased the course too. Make sure to keep an eye on your emails (including your spam folder) for this!

How long will I have access to the course?

You’ll have access to your course dashboard for a total time of 9 months after your start date.

Units (including video sessions and supporting materials) will become available week by week as your class progresses through the course.

How do I get my Certificate of Completion?

There is no assessment at the end of your course. Instead, you will be required to upload photographs of your creations after you have completed each session (regardless of the quality of the physical outcome).

Once you have uploaded a photo for every session on the course, your mentor will confirm that you have completed the course and you will be awarded your certificate. This will be emailed to you by Workshop and attached as a PDF for you to print off at home.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you book your place over 30 days before your course start date, you can cancel your booking and claim a full refund within 30 days of your purchase.

If you book your place within 30 days of the course start date, you can claim a full refund within 14 days of your purchase.

Upcoming classes

19 Nov 2021 - class full

19 Nov 2021 - class full

19 Nov 2021 - class full

10 Dec 2021 - class full

10 Dec 2021 - class full

10 Dec 2021 - 9 spaces available

7 Jan 2022 - class full

7 Jan 2022 - 7 spaces available

11 Feb 2022 - 9 spaces available

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One-Time Payment £495 14-day money back guarantee

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