To Knead or Not to Knead: The Art of Baking Bread

Chrissy Barua

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11 Videos (34m)
    • Introduction

    • Class Project Overview

    • The Building Blocks of Bread

    • Gluten 101: Let's Get Stretchy!

    • Leavening 101: Rising to the Occasion

    • Quick and Dirty: Irish Brown Bread

    • Cheater's Yeast: Beer Bread

    • Flour Power: Rustic White Loaf

    • Go Away Gluten!: Pao de Queijo

    • Conclusion

    • Bonus! Sweet & Simple Pumpkin Bread


About This Class

Are you a bread lover, but totally terrified at the thought of making if yourself? Do you love nothing more than the fragrant aroma of bread baking?  Do you dream about tearing into a pillowy loaf without having to share it?  If you answered yes to one or all of the above, then this class is for you!

This class is meant for the baking novice.  We’re going to talk about the basics of bread baking, from ingredients to equipment, and even talk a little bit about the science of what exactly is happening in the oven.  Then, we’ll get in the kitchen and work our way up from a basic quick bread to a rustic yeast-based loaf.  Further, I’ll share an overview of gluten-free bread and we’ll make some delicious gluten-free cheese rolls.  And finally- a bonus!  We’ll make a sweet pumpkin bread, the perfect addition to any brunch year-round.


12 of 13 students recommendSee All

I 've been interested in baking bread without using a breadmake and I came across this class. It was just what I needed. Thank you!
Hi Chrissy, I'm originally from Brazil and I love pão de queijo. But have never tried it with herbs before, so yesterday my kids and I made your recipe and let's just say that we did not have enough time to take one single picture, because it was so good and gone in a minute. It was so delicious!!
Lana Petruzzi

Gluten Free Baker. English, Italian & Portuguese

The lessons were concise and fun - with neat little tricks thrown in for a novice like me. The teacher made a point of explaining every process thoroughly but in such a way that made the lesson interesting to watch. Now I just have to get myself to the grocery store for some ingredients!





Hello! Welcome to my class. I’m Chrissy, and I’m addicted to bread.  Over pasta, rice, cookies or potatoes, bread has always been my vice.

My passion for food is inherent, but it all came to a head a little over three years ago when I decided to start my blog, The Hungary Buddha Eats the World, where I cook dishes from around the world.  Through it, I’ve been able to meet some wonderful people, and it has led to some awesome opportunities.  I have developed recipes for HGTV, and am a monthly contributor for the Chicago Foodseum’s blog, The Red Fork and part of the Culinary Content Network at The Daily Meal.  Additionally, I’ve been featured on BuzzFeed, and even The Today Show.

When I’m not making a mess in the kitchen, I’m lawyering in downtown Chicago, or traveling the globe, going on insane trips with my equally crazy friends.

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