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Real Bread Feedback

I taught a Real Bread in 10 Minutes class at a friend’s house yesterday. The dynamic was quite different in a home than in a classroom. The feedback was pretty terrific. Victor G writes:

Thank you so much for the fabulous time yesterday. It’s wonderful to learn new things and to do so while shared with friends is quite awesome. I am imagining many days Jill and I will spend making delicious and imaginative bread in the future.
Thank you again for the gift that will last a lifetime.

Workshop Weekend Santa Cruz Oct 6&7!

You are cordially invited to Workshop Weekend, Santa Cruz, Oct 6 and 7.

I’m teaching “Real Bread (and Butter) in 10 Minutes” on Saturday, October 6th at 2:00pm.

Workshop Weekend is a weekend-long event of short, 1 to 3 hour long workshops in subjects from exploring 3D modeling and printing, building a mini robot, and creating your own jewelry to making ricotta cheese and discovering DNA modeling! It’s a festival of learning with more than 40 hands-on workshops to choose from, all taking place October 6-7 in downtown Santa Cruz — pay $30 and take as many workshops as you like! The weekend is a family-friendly gathering for kids and adults alike, bringing together arts, crafts and engineering workshops, all taught by the bay area’s best makers.

Use my coupon code to get 10% off admission: BEETLEBOTS2012
Here’s some of the workshops being offered:

  • Cheesemaking: Ricotta
  • Creating 3D Models
  • Sewing by Machine
  • Royal Icing Flowers
  • Arduino Programming
  • Rainbow LEDs
  • T-shirt Silkscreening

…and many more!

Register by going to
See you there!

Full Text:
Bread-loving guests on their way, but the bakery’s closed and the pantry’s empty? Make your own! You can make your own delicious bread inexpensively with less than 10 minutes effort, including cleanup.

In this workshop, we’ll go through all the steps needed to make bread at home. We’ll also cover topics including instant yeast vs sourdough, refrigerated dough, crust, crumb, shaping, amendments, the chemistry and biology of bread, and the thousands of varieties of this staple food.

As a bonus, we’ll make our own specialty butter while our bread bakes!

You will eat and bring home what we make in class. And with the skills you build in this workshop, you’ll see bread recipes as suggestions instead of steps to be followed. The sky’s the limit!

Note: If you have anything (possibly home made?) you wish to bring to spread on the bread we’ll be making & tasting, it would be a wonderful addition to the event!

Students must bring the following:
Optional: Something to spread or put on your finished, fresh hot bread!

Ages: 17-101
Time: Sat 2pm-5pm (0 open seats)

Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History
705 Front St.
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Materials: $10.00

Josey Baker Sourdough Bread Workshop

Over the summer I went to a sourdough bread workshop at 18 Reasons Josey Baker. I love to eat sourdough more than I like to make it. He put on a good workshop and I picked up a thing or two.

Here’s the sheet he handed out:

Real Bread in 10 Minutes Class Saturday November 12th!

Hey, I’m teaching another Real Bread in 10 Minutes class on Saturday November 12th. Sign up on Skillshare.

Here’s the blurb I put up on Skillshare.

Real Bread in 10 Minutes

Learn how to make fantastic home made bread that is easier, less expensive, faster and better than going to the store!

About the Class

Making bread is easier, faster and more flexible than you thought. You can make fantastic bread every day inexpensively with less than 10 minutes effort, including cleanup! In this class, you’ll learn techniques to minimize the ordinary and maximize the extraordinary parts of making all kinds of bread at home. We’ll talk about things like: instant yeast vs sourdough, refrigerated dough, crust, crumb, shaping, amendments, the chemistry and biology of bread, and the thousands of varieties of this staple food. Once you have the foundations, you’ll see bread recipes as suggestions instead of steps to be followed. The sky is the limit! While our bread bakes, we’ll make our own specialty butter! You will get to eat and bring home the product of our joyful labors.

To assure you that I’m not trying to pull a fast one with this whole “10 minute” thing, I’ll say that this bread takes 10 minutes effort (including cleanup!), about 50 minutes rise, and 50 minutes baking…. 110 minutes from grabbing the flour to hot bread. And with another technique I’ll show, your next loaf can take 5 minutes effort and just 80 minutes to hot bread!

This class has been taught to great accolades with the Institute of Urban Homesteading in Oakland, At Maker Faire San Mateo 2011, East Bay Mini Maker Faire 2011, and in collaboration with

An amazing testimonial from Liz Toole, “… we had a blast, fell in love with breadmaking, and we haven’t bought a loaf of bread from ANY store ANY where since… You made the whole process so simple and enjoyable. We loved your approach of “just go for it, what’s the worst that can happen?” and your assurances that it will always turn out well. It always does!”

East Bay Mini Maker Faire

I’ll be presenting bread at East Bay Mini Maker Faire Oct 16th 10a-5p. As a presenter, I’ve got a 15% discount on tickets for friends. Register online and use the discount code 10MINBREAD :-)

Wanna travel over there together? Buzz me.

Here’s the full blurb about EBMMF:

Independently-organized but inspired by Maker Faire (and MAKE magazine, and Bay Mini Maker Faire is a full-blown community fair that brings together science, art, craft, homesteading and engineering plus music, food, workshops, and performance.  This family-friendly event showcases the amazing work of all kinds of makers across the East Bay and beyond—anyone who is embracing the DIY or DIT (do-it-together!) spirit.

This year, East Bay Mini Maker Faire is featuring the work of over 120 local makers; for the complete list check ourMakers page. For more information, news, and updates, check


Wow, here’s the giant Roster of Makers, Performers, Presenters, Crafters and Vendors

Presenting Real Bread at East Bay Maker Faire

It’s all confirmed, I’ll be presenting my “Real Bread in 10 Minutes” workshop (in 30 minutes) at the East Bay Mini Maker Fair Sunday October 16th. Come, it’ll be fun.


Update 10-30-11: East Bay Mini Maker Faire was quite fun. I particularly liked the space they did it in Temescal, Park Day School. Walking under cool magnolia trees and through wooded paths was so refreshing!

Here’s a list of the folks that showed at EBMMF 2011 (via)