Bake With a Legend is a pretty cool concept. You’re guided through a baking class by a famous face, getting to pick their brains and hear all of their stories along the way. Bake with a Legend run classes in both Manchester and London, but hopefully across the country soon. This time I sent Dr C to check out one of the classes.
Over to Dr C… I like to think of myself as a fairly decent cook, however when it comes to bread I’ve always found it quite intimidating. So when the offer of attending a Bake with a Legend bread making class came my way I knew it was time to face my yeast based fears and give it a go. The famous face at the class I attended was Paul Jagger – the baking Governor from 2015’s Great British Bake Off. If I say the words “Bread Lion” you’re sure to instantly know who I mean!
Our Bake With a Legend class was held at Bake with a Legend in Didsbury, just a hop skip and a jump from central Manchester. This was such a great space – in fact I’m looking at popping along to some of the other classes they hold here. So, onto the day itself. We all settled in with a brew and were introduced to Paul and the plan for the day. We were going to make two bakes – grissini sticks, and a stuffed spiced garlic bread. There would be time in the middle for a glass of fizz and a chat with Paul.
Stuffed Garlic Bread
We started with the dough for the spiced garlic bread. Paul took us through the steps that we’d be repeating on our own. Explaining everything clearly and in a fun and hands on way. This was my moment to get to grips with bread. After combining the flour, yeast, salt and water we added roasted garlic. I think there’s a chance that I still smell faintly of garlic! Plenty of mixing and kneading later we left our doughs to prove. Whilst this was happening we made our grissini sticks and prepped the filling for the garlic bread. Paul demonstrated this and had a little bit of a nightmare. Almost as soon as he’d lovingly folded over and sealed the doughy parcel he realised that he’d forgotten the mozzarella! Thankfully this wasn’t a mistake I made… In fact I think it encouraged me to add more than I should’ve! I made two small stuffed garlic breads, almost like calzones. I ended up using these to impress my visiting family, who all unanimously said they were delicious!
This was such a quick dough to make and was flavoured with parmesan and rosemary. After a quick prove we set to making these into grissini stick shapes. I decided to push the boat out and make plaited grissini sticks, which (to my absolute delight) Paul said looked fantastic! I topped mine with a sea salt and poppy seeds, and I confirm that after baking these were truly delicious. They even made an appearance later on in the evening when my friend and I tucked into them in the pub along with a pint.
Whilst everything was in the oven baking we got the chance to sit down with Paul and pick his brains about baking and his time on GBBO. I absolutely loved hearing how much he got on with his fellow GBBO contestants. Although it sounds like filming can be a pretty long and gruelling experience. The magic of TV editing!
If you fancy a go at baking with a legend, a class costs £99 per person, or £175 if you sign up together. Compared to other baking/cooking classes I’ve been to I’d say this is great value for money for the experience. I had such a great time with Bake with a Legend, and I’ve definitely faced my fears with baking bread!
Would you check out a Bake with a Legend Masterclass? What would you like to learn how to bake? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Dr C was invited down to check out Bake with a Legend. As ever all words, photos and opinions are her own.
P.P.S. Food Sorcery is located at Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ.