Turn artisan baking into a healthy home business
In early June 2011 I attended a course with Love Loaves on how to start your own bakery from home, a present from my beloved husband. Within a month, I had a rough plan, a logo, promotional literature, equipment, environmental health approval, insurance, flour supplier and a name. Jo's Loaves more or less opened it's 'virtual' doors on 25th July 2011. I now bake 2-3 times a week including loaves and baguettes to order from home, supplying a church café and for two farmers Markets a month.
I enjoyed your course and found it really beneficial, and came home with a wealth of information, the kind of which I don't think a large bakery school would be able to provide, namely the systems and functioning within a home bakery. It has been very hectic over the past 2 weeks since I visited. I have been producing bread to order for the past 2 Saturdays. At last! I could soon be in a position where I have to start investing in a bigger oven a lot sooner than I planned!
I have moved forward with my dough...my Dad and I have bought a vintage horse trailer and are getting a wood fired oven hand built into it. We plan to do pizzas at events and food festivals/farmers markets and at private parties. We hope to find a couple of outlets who will sell bread for us too. I can't believe I am actually doing it! I will keep you posted. It is all a bit scary at the moment and there seems loads to do but I will get there. The business is called Serious Dough. What do you think?
I took your Mini-Bakery course in January and have been churning out lovely loaves ever since. You said you have a way to make the sourdough loaves so most of the work is done the night before? I'd love to be able to produce a great loaf by 9 a.m. without getting up at 4!
I sold my first twenty loaves before the event (church Christmas fair) even opened! I am of course besides myself that the comments and feedback were good and must say thanks to you for the encouragement up to now.
Just wanted to thank you guys again for such an inspiring and baketastic course!!! As you know I was a baker novice and I came away (by the end ) feeling confident and ready to bake for living!
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated being part of the LoveLoaves experience. Much better than going to some purpose-built, celebrity bread course, because baking is a part of your lives, not the whole deal. Makes it much more real, accessible and approachable for ordinary folk like me. And now two years later I'm still baking, selling and sharing!
I have been developing recipes based on some of the things I saw or tried at yours and am very happy with the results. I took a large basket of bread rolls around the village to sell a few weeks ago and they all sold – am now waiting for feedback! I have attached a photo of this morning’s baking, so that you can see that my slashing technique has improved massively thanks to your hands on guidance.
Last Saturday we started at 5am, finished at 17:45 in the afternoon having baked & sold 17 loaves of bread & 44 rolls. Plus we sold home-made cupcakes & Banana Bread. Making a grand total of £175! Thanks again - I don't think we would have had the confidence to do it if we hadn't done the course yourselves & been so inspired.
Zoe & Darren
I’ve been very busy since I got back from your place- made 14 sourdough loaves on Friday for a friend to sell for charity event, everybody loved them! Hoping for more orders from that… Will send you a loaf soon so you can give me your professional opinion.
Hi I am 17 years of age and I have set up my own bread business following what you have done. I am selling my bread at farmers markets using my mum’s single convection oven.
Thank you both for an inspirational course. Thank you for welcoming me and sharing your bakery tips with me, the course is abundant in practical skills! I can't wait to get going with the baking business! You've inspired me in many ways.
Many thanks, Ishta
Just a note to thank you very much for an excellent workshop last Wednesday. It was great fun and I was so inspired that by the time I got home I'd thought of a name and logo for my potential business …. It was great to meet you both; I am full of admiration for your neat little business.
A big thank you for your course. I've been thinking about baking for a living for a long time and at last I can see a way of making a go of this at the micro level without excessive risk. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and experience so generously!
Thank you so much for the wonderful blueprint day yesterday! I had such a good day and have come home raring to go!
Thank you so much for such an inspirational course. I could hardly sleep with all of the possibilities going round in my head! I’m going to start with putting an oven in my shed and giving bread to friends and colleagues to gauge reaction and get some practice. My husband Peter and daughter Hayley were completely bowled over by the bread!
Just to say many thanks for an amazing course. I enjoyed it very much - it will definitely help me to start my own bakery business!
Thank you so much for the new mini bakery blue print – it’s awesome indeed – you guys are stars! I am looking at ways to construct our own timber building for the bakery as we have issues with access.
Remember me, I was the one who wanted to start a bakery but had never actually baked a loaf before and didn’t have a kitchen!! but your inspirational course definitely worked for me and I’m still determined to get a bakery up and going. Finally my house renovations are finished and I’m getting to grips with using my new oven.
With happy memories of a lovely day, Mary Morrison
- Would you like to earn money doing something you love?
- Make a valuable contribution to your local community?
- Be able to work from home?
- Be part of the local food movement?
Have you been put off by:
- Lack of baking skills ?
- Thinking you have to work all night?
- Worries about initial outlay or suitable premises?
- Legislation regarding planning/health & safety?
- Branding and marketing issues – how to attract your customers or what to call your home bakery?
- Profitability – how to work out what to charge, and how much you’ll make?
“Don’t worry, be happy!” We started running our one-day Microbakery Blueprint Course four years ago, specifically to help people set up their own home baking businesses.
By the end of our course you will:
- Be able to bake a tempting range of artisan breads using quality flours
- Have a clear idea of a baking schedule that will suit you
- Know how to start the business with a very low risk investment
- Understand the basics of branding and marketing your breads
- Be able to work out costs per loaf, and what to charge
- Understand the legal requirements for home baking businesses
- Be inspired to get started straight away!
Our Microbakery Blueprint Booklet will be emailed to you before the course. This contains all the recipes and techniques you learn on the day, plus valuable lists of equipment and suppliers, and practical advice on everything from flour storage to delivery crates. Being able to read it in advance will help you think of things you want to ask on the day. Everyone’s situation is different, and we aim to help you maximise your potential.
At the end of the day, you’ll be leaving with a great new skill, masses of information, inspiration, encouragement, arms full of gorgeous breads – and a happy future ahead of you!
Note: our microbakers and their success are very important to us, and we are always available after the course for free consultations by phone or email to help you take your business further.
Level: We will personalise this course to suit your level of experience, even if you’ve never baked before.
Course Days: Tuesdays and Saturdays 10am – 4pm
Cost: £165 per person, including Microbakery Blueprint Book, Lunch, Refreshments and Lots of Bread to Take Home!
Woodfired Oven Option
Wood is good! Nothing beats the flavour, or the fun, of baking pizza in a woodfired oven. If you’d like to bake yours in ours, it’s just £60 extra for the wood, which can be split amongst course participants.
Bed and Breakfast at Old Home Cottage
If you’re coming a long way, or would like to make your one-day course more of a treat, why not book a night’s B&B with us? We offer two double rooms, at £75 per night each. A 3-course evening meal at £20 per head is available by arrangment. The Treby Arms and the The Miners Arms also offer good food locally. For details on accommodation, please click here.