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Bread Baking

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Borough Market is one of my favorite places to visit in London and I’ve written about it before. I just love the combination of the fresh and prepared foods along with the location and general hustle and bustle of the place. I have walked by the Bread Ahead Bakery & School many, many times and viewed all of the yumminess baking inside but had never taken a class. That changed this past January when my friend Kate invited me along to join her for the Quintessentially English baking class.

I think I had been intimidated by trying to bake bread at home because it always seemed to require an exactness that I don’t always follow when I am in the kitchen but this class made it all completely accessible. First of all, it was a small class (maybe 10 people in total) so you felt like you could always speak up and ask any questions you may have. And secondly, the bakers who taught the class were so knowledgable, they made everything seem incredibly easy!

During this class we learned how to make a cottage loaf, devonshire splits, bath buns and a lardy cake. Everything turned out better than expected and I was happy to go home with an armful of delicious bread! I was surprised by how physical kneading the dough can be but it also made it more rewarding in the end (and hey, its a fun way to get some good arm muscles going!). We were also given the recipes used for each type of bread so we can recreate them at home.

This was definitely an experience I enjoyed and I hope to take a few more in the future. They have all sorts of classes available ranging from a doughnut master class to an intro to french baking. They even have a gluten free baking class!

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Borough Market

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A great place to visit for tourists and locals alike if you’ve got a little hunger pang, want to do some grocery shopping or simply want to chow down on some delicious treats is Borough Market. Located just steps away from the London Bridge tube stop, part of the market is open for lunch on Mondays & Tuesdays while the full blown market is open Wednesday through Saturday. If visiting on a weekend or a particularly nice day out, I suggested getting there early as it can get quite crowded at these times. A few of my favorite vendors for a bite to eat are Kappacasein for their raclette (cheese covered potatoes with a side of mini gherkins), Brindisa for their chorizo roll or the German Deli for a Bratwurst. Monmouth Coffee has amazing coffee but don’t be alarmed by the line out the store, it goes quickly. And if you have a sweet tooth, options are a plenty! I always suggest bringing a tote along in case you see some fresh produce, meats or cheeses to take home with you.

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