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At this time, our class offerings are heavily slanted towards bread classes, but we are adding other classes as demand and time allow. If you don't see a class you'd like to take, please use the contact us page and tell us about the class you'd like to see us offer. We'll think about it, and if we decide to offer it and you were the first to suggest it, we'll let you take it free.

If you want a special class, check out our information on retreats and workshops.

With each class, you'll get a cookbook that Mike wrote for the class. Each cookbook comes with Our Limited Lifetime Subscription of free updates. When we re-offer the class with new recipes, you'll get the new recipes in your email intray.

At this time, we are redoing all our classes so they will only be 4 hours long. The plus side of that is that students will take home twice as much bread (or food). If you've been reluctant to take a class because they take too long, we understand. Now we're shorter! Faster! Leaner! Cleaner! Keener! (More irrelevant and disjointed adjectives will be added later in a weak attempt to pretend we understand marketing.)

With that out of the way, here's a list of our classes:


Introduction to Sourdough Bread Baking - this class is aimed at someone who has some bread baking experience. We'll You too can bake a nice loaf of sourdough bread! take your bread making skills to the next level, teaching you how to make good breads with sourdough. You'll make two or three kinds of sourdough breads, and a sourdough pizza for lunch. You'll learn how to care for a starter, how to feed a starter, how to tell when your starter is ready for use and how to convert existing recipes into sourdough recipes. You'll take home the breads you baked, your pizza leftovers, our very popular sourdough cookbook, and a jar of sourdough starter so you can put your skills to work at home.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Gunnison River Bread - As delicious as it looks! Mastering Flavorful Breads Several baking teachers have said the baker's job is to unlock the flavor in the ingredients. In this class, you'll learn how to use preferments to shatter the lock! Preferments are the techniques that let a baker unlock the flavors in the ingredients and make breads that are vibrant with flavor. You'll learn how to make autolyse, biga and poolish. You'll learn what those words mean. You'll learn how to convert existing recipes into recipes that use preferements. We'll revisit sourdough and examine it a bit more. You'll make three different breads using different pre-ferments. At the end of the class, you'll go home with the breads you made, your focaccia or pizza leftovers, and our very popular "Advanced Baking Techniques with Preferments" cookbook.

At the end of this class, you'll feel pretty good about all you did and all you learned!

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


OH! The bagels you'll make! BagelMania! - Oh, the bagels you'll make! classic dense, chewy New York Style bagels, the kind that have been harder and harder to find as the old bagel makers retire, leaving the city at the mercy of people who make sweet, soft, textureless things that resemble doughnuts more than bagels. People like Lender's and H&H. At the end of the class, you'll go home with the bagels, bagel dough to boil and bake, and our very popular "Back To Bagels" cookbook. One person who took this class told us that his family thinks he's a "bagel god" now. Perhaps you'll join the ranks of Bagel dieties too!

This is a fun 4 hour class.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Ahhh - TEA!!! Afternoon Tea With The Averys - some people say afternoon tea is an English affair. Others say it is more an American event. I really don't care. I intend to enjoy afternoon tea even if it was introduced by Bugs Bunny's buddy Marvin the Martian! It's civilized, it's elegant, and most of all it's fun. Afternoon tea is a light meal - finger sandwiches, biscuits (or cookies to us Americans) and other sweets. Tea will, of course, be served. The idea is more of an elegant afternoon snack than a meal. In this class, we'll bake some nice white bread, some nice biscuits (cookies if you prefer), make some curd, prepare ingredients, and then make finger sandwiches with our fresh bread. We'll set the table properly, and then we'll make tea. Once the preparations are finished, gentlemen will don jackets and ties (if they haven't already), we'll shoo off the servants so we can talk about anything we'd like and we'll have tea. This is usually a 4 hour class, though it can take longer depending on how much people talk during tea. Remember to be civil... serious discussions of religion and politics are discouraged, but discussions of whose car is parked next door are fine, if presented with wit.

Chances are you won't take any food home, just some happy memories and a cookbook. To paraphrase Mark Twain, "Too much of anything is bad, but too much tea is just enough!"

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time. If you would like someone special to attend the tea with you, but not the class, please notify us before hand. If we have room, we will be glad to accommodate you, and your special someone. (The teatime shown is a very light tea, when we have class, we'll take a picture of the real thing, maybe even with real students in the picture!)


Simple Simon Became A Pieman - if you put it in a crust, it's a pie. And that gives the baker such a broad palette to work with! In the spring, summer and fall come a bounty of fresh, local produce. Peaches, strawberries, blackberries, apples, cherries, rhubarb, grapes and apricots all have their day in the sun, and on our table. In the winter there are dried, frozen and canned fruits. And one can make savory pies as well! Steak pies, vegetable pies, pies that are the main course of a meal, or an entire meal in themselves. Mix eggs, cheese and other savory ingredients, and you've got a quiche (or as Alton Brown reminds us, "a cheese pie"). Simple Simon feels real men (AND women) MAKE quiche! And eat it too!

There are so many kinds of pies to make! Dairy ingredients come into their own when you're talking about cream pies and custard pies.

Pies come in all sizes too. Large pies to share with family or friends, small pies to serve one person. We offer this class any time we feel like we haven't been getting our minimum recommended pie quota, and often make whatever pies we've been longing for.

Sometimes we use great produce from local farmers markets. We make pies, tarts, tarte tatin, empanadas, pot pies and more. This class runs about 4 hours. You'll leave with pies, tarte tatins, empanadas - whatever goodies we whip up.

Rather than the usual lunch we serve in class, we usually have afternoon coffee with pies. If the pies call out for it, we also have whipped cream. And for those who have never whipped real cream, we demonstrate how to whip cream - once you've had the real thing, you'll never go back to the stuff in a can or tub.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Yes, whole wheat bread CAN look - and be - this good! Whole grain breads - Some people seem to think I'm a white bread kinda guy.  Not at all.  I just insist that whole grain breads taste good or I won't eat them. It's not an unfair test, it's the same test I apply to all breads, and in fact all foods, that I eat.

In this class, we're going to focus on whole grain breads that taste good, ways to get a good rise out of whole grains and unlocking the flavor of the breads. We'll be revisiting a lot of familiar techniques from earlier classes and reapplying them to a new set of ingredients.

If you love whole grains, or if you just have a dreary certainty that your life will be healthier if you eat them, you'll want to take this class!

You'll go home with three breads we baked in class, the breads you made but did not bake in class, leftovers from your whole grain lunch and your copy of our whole grain cookbook.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


YOU CAN make it - Flax seed bread - Beautiful, delicious and healthy - what's not to like? Savory Breads - In most of my classes I focus on unlocking the flavors in flour to make rich flavorful breads.

But there is a broader world beyond breads made with the "big 4"of flour, water, salt and riser. We'll make a killer Italian Appetizer bread, an addictive New Mexico style green chille bread, and either a jalapeno-cheddar bread I call "Pepper Belly" a totally over the top garlic-cheddar bread I call "garlic head." or our signature all-natural three color bread made with exciting vegetable and spice combinations.

You'll take home the three breads we baked in class, the breads you made but did not bake in class, any leftovers from your flavored dough pizza and your copy of our flavored breads cookbook.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Holiday Baking - Have you ever noticed how many holidays have specific foods that are indelibly identified with holiday at a very visceral level? And each country and culture has its own culinary traditions. In this constantly changing class, offered near many major holidays, we'll make Christmas, Lenten, Easter, and Thanksgiving specialties from around the world. Panetone, Stollen, Christmas cookies from around the world, figgy pudding and more. We're very open to suggestions for special holiday baked goods you remember and would like to make (if only Aunt Martha hadn't taken the recipe to the grave with her!) We're still waffling about Halloween - most of the baked goodsfor Halloween are pretty cheesy - bad batter in a character pan covered with strangely colored icing. If we can find something that isn't cheesy (or that is cheesy in a cool way), we'll reconsider Halloween. You'll take home at least three baked goods, plus leftovers from whatever seasonal meal we come up with for the holiday in question. Oh, yeah, AND the cookbook too. Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Gluten Free Baking - have you ever had a store bought gluten free bread? Most are even worse than store bought wheat breads. Lifeless with all the flavor of stale cardboard, and with a texture to match. We think if you have to avoid gluten, it should be as little a pennance as possible. When we were starting our bakery we looked into gluten free breads and made some great breads - no one in our tasting panel noticed they weren't regular breads. Sadly, to make them safely for people with gluten sensitivities would have meant opening a second, separate, bakery. So we stopped making those wonderful breads.

In this class, we'll make a gluten free pie crust (and pie), gluten free biscuits and two gluten free breads. We'll talk about how to select grains for bread making, and how to make the gluten free breads hold togther to make a bread. Because these breads rise quickly, we'll make and bake our breads in class, and still get out of class just after lunch.

You'll take home a pie, biscuits, two loaves of bread, and our gluten free cookbook. Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Sourdough quickbreads and cakes - more often than not, people think about raising breads with Sourdough carrot walnut pineapple muffins... OH MY!2 sourdough as if it were another form of yeast. And it does that very well.

However, when sourdough starter gets very sour, it can be used with baking soda to make quickbreads and cakes, in much the same way as buttermilk and baking soda.

In this class, we'll make a cake, some cupcakes, some muffins, and some biscuits. For lunch, we'll have biscuits and gravy (Mike will make his famous sausage gravy - there will be other biscuit fixin's for vegetarians.)

You'll take home the cake, muffins or cupcakes, and any of your leftover biscuits. And, yeah, the cookbook too.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Rye as old as history, as new as tomorow! Rye breads - are a lot like Ford's. You either love 'em or hate 'em. I grew up with them and love them.

In this class, we'll make three rye breads and learn the techiques you need to master to make good rye breads. We'll talk about the kinds of rye flours that used to be available and how to find 'em or make do with what you can find.

You'll leave with three loaves of rye bread you made and baked.

Lunch will be a German spin on a bread and onion soup.  It's fast, it's easy and it's delicious!  You'll also have a copy of our rye bread cookbook


This is a five to six hour class.  Rye breads rise quickly, so we haven't been able to work out the timing to make this an express class.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Croissants, Danish and Brioche - Every time I think about giving this class, I put on three pounds.

So few people have had GOOD croissants. Rich butter taste, rich fermentation flavors, caramelization from being fully baked, a texture that explodes into shards of crust in your mouth but still melts in your mouth.

Does it sound like I like croissants? We'll make the very similar Danish. And then, just in case you haven't gone into butter shock, we'll make some brioche.

We'll make filled and plain croissants, petits pains au chocolat (the classic after-school treat for French school children, though almost everyone enjoys them), several flavors of Danish pastries and Brioche. For lunch we'll have savory filled croissants and coffee.

You'll be taking home the croissants, Danish and brioche you made, along with a cookbook.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Flatbreads - in every part of the world, except here in the United States, the breads of the people are flabreads.

Naan, tortillas, pita bread, lavash bread, lavash crackers, and nan-e barbari are just scratching the surface.

In this class, we'll make three of these breads, and we'll make a traditional lunch with one of these breads. You'll leave with three breads, a cookbook, and the certainty that you can make these breads at home. Easily, quickly and without special ovens or equipment.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


German breads - I have to admit that I have a special place in my heart for German breads. Yeah, it's due to my mom. It was what I grew up with. And I think it's a real pity that these breads are so frequently overlooked.

We tend to think "French" any time we think of good breads. But, there's a big world of bread out there.

Anyway..... we're going to make a grainy, seedy rye infused bread, a mixed wheat and rye bread, and what many people think is the signature bread of Germany, Brotchen.

For lunch, we'll have currywurst with Brotchen. (Please let us know if you're a vegetarian so we can get some vegetarian bratwurst for your lunch).

You'll take home the breads you made and baked and the classes cookbook.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


French breads - are what most people think of when they think of fine breads. And French breads do an amazing job of delivering the taste of their ingredients.

Many of the techniques French bakers use are copied around the world. So, we're going to copy some French techniques and breads too.

We're making several varieties of baguettes, and a huge Miche.

We'll focus on getting the dough right, we'll focus on how to form the baguettes so they are right - nice and straight. When it's not done well, the baguette looks like a snake that swallowed a rat. We work on avoiding that fate. Then we work on slashing the baguettes.

Lunch? Let's see what we can do with the baguettes while the Miche is baking. You'll take home the baguettes you made, the miche, our cookbook and new skills.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Italian breads - at their best are delightful! Semolina bread, beautiful, delicious and easy to make! - So, let's delight ourselves with a nice ciabatta, a few great focaccia, and another Italian bread.

We'll have ciabatta and olive oil and a flavored focaccia for lunch. In Italy, we'd have some nice wine with lunch, but we really can't serve wine to our students, so you'll have to imagine or bring your own bottle.

You'll take home the ciabatta, focaccia and other breads you made, any leftovers from lunch and the class cookbook.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Steak House Rock - Many people hold steak houses in a level of reverence we have trouble understanding. A recent rib eye dinner With a bit of knowledge and care, you can make meals as delightful as any you'll find in a steak house.

In this class, we'll cover how to find and select good quality meat, four ways to cook a steak to steak house standards - whether you're cooking for two or a gathering, how to prepare standby - and special - steak house side dishes and desserts, how to find a good wine and even how to set the table and serve the meal.

You can have the steak houe experience at home. And probably for less than you'd leave as a tip for the waiter.

At the end of the class, you'll eat the steaks, side dishes and desserts. . You'll take home the experience you've gained cooking a steak house quality meal, the class cookbook and maybe some leftovers (this is a class that doesn't often have leftovers!)

C ost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.

Note - due to the cost of materials for this class, we may have to raise the price in the near future. We're looking at 4 Ribeye or NewYork Strip Steaks with all the fixins, and that makes this the most expensive class we offer.


Pasta Party - We love pasta almost as much as bread. And that's saying a lot!

In this class, we'll make pasta - taking it from a sack of flour to the table.

We'll make spaghetti and fettucine, we'll make pasta dough and turn it into ravioli. We'll make sauces.

And then we'll finish the class by enjoying our creations.

You'll take home pasta you've made, our class cookbook and the experience you've gained making pasta and sauces.

Cost - Our regular price is $100, but our web special is $75.00 for the first person in your party, with discounts for a additional people booking classes at the same time.


Workshops and Retreats - whether you are looking for a fun afternoon with friends or co-workers, a multi-day team building exercise, or a spiritual retreat, we find that baking and breaking bread together helps meet those goals.

All our workshops and retreats are designed and brought together for your special needs, from the breads or other goods that are baked to the message that we impart.

We can have retreats at our facilities or yours. We are happy to work with your spiritual advisors or management consultants to put together just the right event for you.

Just use the "Contact Us" and let us know what you're looking for.


Our Limited Lifetime Subscription - Many people ask us what we mean by our "limited lifetime subscription." This subscription will entitle you to any and all updates we make to the book(s) you are subscribed to as long as we continue to update the books. We do not guarantee that there will be updates to the books, just that you will receive them if you fulfill the terms of the limited lifetime subscription. If either you or we die, that is an obvious end to the subscription. We will not assign the subscription to your heirs and assigns, and can not guarantee that our heirs will continue this venture. If, for any reason, you do not keep us updated as to your email address, we can not maintain your subscription. If you let us know about any changes to your email address before your old email address is cancelled, we will gladly change your email address in our records at no charge. However, if your subscription is cancelled because your email address changed, you did not notify us that your address had changed, and our email server dropped your old address, we will reinstate your subscriptions for a $5.00 fee.

 

 

 

 
 
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