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The Techniques of Artisan Bread Baking

(New York Campus)

When you consider the simple ingredients that form the foundation of all breads—flour, yeast, salt and water—it’s truly remarkable how many varied products have been crafted by the hands of master bakers. Today, artisanal loaves are rapidly emerging as one of the leading trends in the food world, creating a wide range of opportunities for students seeking to pursue culinary careers in professional bread baking. There has never been a better time to train in this vital and flourishing sector of the culinary industry.

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ICE’s 200-hour professional bread baking course is developed and led by Chef Sim Cass, the founding baker of New York City’s acclaimed Balthazar Bakery and one of the pioneers of the modern bread baking movement. Born and raised in the UK, Sim was among the first bakers to introduce New York City diners to naturally fermented, European-style breads. Today, his signature darkly toasted loaves continue to inspire our nation’s now widespread passion for handcrafted bread, and Sim serves as a consultant for some of the world’s most respected restaurants, bakeries and bread baking schools. He has also been featured in such outlets as the New York Times, Food Arts magazine and the Martha Stewart show.

Discover Bread Traditions from Around the Globe

Explore the history and craft of bread baking on a global scale—from traditional European loaves to specialty breads like pita and naan, as well as viennoiserie and even bread show pieces. Through our bread baking classes, students will also examine the science of bread, learning the core skills required to craft creative adaptations of traditional recipes.

Coursework Includes:

• Mixing, Fermenting, Proofing and Baking
• Basic Shaping—Boules, Bâtards, Clovers, Bannetons and Baguettes
• Master Shaping and Scoring— Pain d’Epi, Ficelle, and Twists
• Rolls and Loaf Breads—Kaiser Rolls, Pan de Mie, Hamburger Buns, Pullman Loaves
• Specialty Breads—Fougasse, Ciabatta, Focaccia, Pizza, Pretzels, Pita, Naan
• Viennoiserie and Sweets—Brioche, Pannetone, Challah, Doughnuts, Croissants
• Natural Ferment and Sour Doughs—Levain, Boules, Rye and Beer Breads
• Alternative Flours—Gluten-Free and Macrobiotic Breads

Beyond the skills needed to create handcrafted breads, students will learn about the logistics and management of large- and small-scale bread production, as well as such contemporary concerns as food allergies and gluten-free bread baking—a significant and growing sector of the industry.

From recent culinary school graduates to established restaurateurs and pastry professionals, this intensive program offers advanced training for aspiring professional bread bakers of all levels. Gain the skill and guidance you need to make skilled bread baking a part of your future in food.

Schedule & Tuition

Start Date:  5/9, 9/12
Tuition: $9,150.00
Schedule: 12:30-5:30pm, Mon-Fri
Duration: 200 hours over 8 weeks

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