I love cooking! I think that cooking is one of the ways we connect as people and bond with our families!
To me cooking is about sharing something with a loved one and expressing that love through spending time together. Cooking is also about adventure of trying new things. I have a set day in the week when I experiment with different recipes. As a person with a sweet tooth, baking is an important part of these experiments.
Cooking is also a great way of bonding with your child! You can use it as a way to involve your child in a positive way. The time spend together creating different things can really develop the bond between a parent and a child.
Having that said, the use of a roller pin felt very daunting to me at the beginning. The first time I picked up a recipe and tried making my own dough the result was quite humorous. The kitchen looked like an elephant or roller skates has been having a wild party. There was dough and flower everywhere. It was just a mess. I spent more time cleaning than enjoying what I baked!
After this first attempt, I realized that simply following the recipe would not be the best idea for a beginner. It would be much better to learn from a video with specific instructions and actually watching somebody doing it.
This is how I decided to sign for an online artisan bread making class through Craftsy!
Craftsy online classes are becoming quite popular and I wanted to see myself what the classes will be like.
I was not sure what to expect as online classes can be very different. Sometimes they are very helpful and sometimes…not. The first time I logged in, I was very pleasantly surprised. In fact, I was glued to the screen. The introductory lessons were engaging, informational, and welcoming. As a person who has not baked breads before the class had an excellent overview of what tricks and tips would be necessary to know in order to be successful. Oh…relief!
Into the Game:
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I spent a weekend enjoying the preparation of my first artisan breads. The result was wonderful. I felt comfortable that I knew exactly what to do after watching the videos.
How has the class changed my thoughts about bread making?
The first thing I learned from the class was the use of olive oil instead of just flower while preparing the dough. This was life saving and so much easier to manipulate. It offered the ease and comfort I needed in order to move on with this new skill.
If you don’t have experience preparing dough and bread making, it is much better to have a video watching somebody doing it and explaining things to you, instead of relying simply on a recipe. It is difficult to know how a finished dough should look and feel without seeing it!
The class provides newer techniques to make the dough better and easier to manipulate! If you are more experienced baker you would be able to learn new small tricks to improve your skills!
The instructor has a wonderful energy and balance between enthusiasm and support on screen.
Craftsy has a great costumer service! You can ask questions within the class. You can also acquire about classes that are not what you expected.
You will reap the benefits of cooking yourself, knowing what is really in your food and creating something delicious!
The value of the class is very good! Artisan breads tend to be pricier especially if you are buying them fro specialty stores. The price of the class itself is about 4-5 artisan breads. Once you learn how to make it, you would be saving quite a bit and you would have a quick return of your value!