Thursday, 15 October 2015

NEW courses for 2016 (sneak preview)

We have some fantastic new courses planned for 2016 as well as revisiting our favourites with leading artisan tutors and chefs.  If you can't wait for us to get the dates on our website we have a sneak preview of our cookery courses and artisan food courses for you.

The courses are bookable now just by giving us a call or emailing us at:

Why not book a mind expanding artisan food or cookery course for 2016 and expand your horizons?

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Sourdough Breadmaking Course & Toast

I was introduced to the delights of sourdough bread about 5 years ago.  Sourdough bread for the uninitiated is bread made using ancient and natural yeast cultures.  It was how we used to make bread before the introduction of a specific strain of baking yeast widely adopted in the beginning of the 20th century.  Prior to that bakers used yeast produced during the beer brewing process.

Name of Sourdough Bread

The name of sourdough bread is derived from the slightly sour taste derived from the lactic acid produced by the lactobacilli and yeast during the proving or fermentation process of the bread.

Sourdough Toast

One of the biggest revelations of experiencing sourdough bread for the first time is when you try toasting it.  Sourdough toast is unbelievable!  The open crumb structure produced by the lactobacilli and the flavour of the bread produces a toast that is unrivalled to any other type of bread in my humble opinion.  Try stilton on toast on sourdough bread and you will think that you have died and gone to heaven!

Sourdough breadmaking courses

Hartingtons runs a number of sourdough breadmaking courses with expert artisan bread baker Andrew Auld of the Loaf in Critch.  On his intensive one day sourdough breadmaking course you will learn how to make 3 different style of sourdough breads including a fabulous rye bread. On the course Andrew demystifies the production of the mother starter culture and give you the confidence to handle and work with sourdough.

Artisan breadmaking courses

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Gourmet Supper Club - hits new heights

 I think it's fair to say that our Gourmet Supper Club (GSC) hit new heights this March when Darren Goodwin took us through a fantastic 8 course seasonal tasting menu to chase away the winter blues.  We have just released Darren's Gourmet Menu for the 3rd July.  Just a couple of places left for the lucky ones.

UPDATE - 2nd June
The July Gourmet Supper Club has sold out.  We do have just a couple of places left on the Supper Club with Christian on the 11th September.  Christian and Danny always look to push the culinary boundaries and this time is no different.  To see the full menu then follow the link.

To reserve a place give us a call at the School of Food or drop us an email at: