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From Budding Bread-Maker to Master Baker

From Budding Bread-Maker to Master Baker

Week by week, learn to master a breadth of delicious recipes from the classic enriched white loaf, to beautiful bigas 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 bigas 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.

Basics to Baker | Specialist 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 lessons 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 to 12 hours of cooking time each week
  • Over 30 individual cooking sessions
  • Collaborative group 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

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

  • Downloadable Leiths recipes and additional notes for you to keep
  • Access to your course dashboard for a total of 12 months after your start date
  • The opportunity to earn a full Leiths-accredited Cooking Certificate at an additional two-day practical assessment in London

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.

Average cooking time: 4 to 12 per week

  1. At the start of each week, you will be prompted to schedule 1 to 3 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.

Key Features

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.

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.

Earn Your Certificate

Once you've met all the requirements to complete this course, you'll receive a verified Certificate of Completion.

Student Experiences

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Leiths Online Cookery School

Leiths Online Cookery School is a winning partnership between Leiths School of Food & Wine - the esteemed cookery school - and education technology pioneers, Workshop.

From its London school, Leiths has been equipping aspiring cooks with the skills to flourish in the food world since 1975. Through Workshop's unique hands-on learning experiences, Leiths is bringing the best of in-person teaching directly into people's kitchens around the world.

Putting the learner first is a founding philosophy common to both organisations. High-quality content delivered by top educators in the cookery world, tailored expert feedback and a close community network make it a joy to learn with Leiths Online.

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*Estimated price, you will be billed in GBP (495)

Book with confidence with our 30-day money back guarantee**
**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.

Preview Your Course

Before enrolling, feel free to request a tour of the course below and you'll see how Leiths Online reimagines the learning experience.

Course Preview

Unit 1, Session 4: Wholemeal Rolls

Discover how easy it is to learn with Leiths Online Cookery School by trying this FREE taster session from the Basics to Baker course.

In this 'Wholemeal Rolls' session, Leiths' Chef, Hannah, will guide you through precise techniques for making, kneading, shaping and proving your dough.

Check your emails! You'll soon see how easy it can be to learn with Leiths Online...

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

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 encouraging you all to cook the same dishes within 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.

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 will also have the ability to schedule your sessions for times that suit your lifestyle.

This course has been carefully designed to make sure the advantages of real-world learning experiences are still embraced online. You will therefore 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!

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


Yes, we’ll send you a full equipment list after you have purchased the course. Make sure to keep an eye on your emails (including your spam folder) for this!

How much contact will I get with my 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.

How old do I have to be to take this course?


All Leiths Online courses are 18+ or require parental consent for those between 13-18. The exceptions are our Teens courses, which are exclusively for 13-18-year-olds.

The accreditation weekends at Leiths school in London have a wine element to them and are only for those aged 18 and over.

*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.

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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.
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