Not too long ago, I was invited to a baking class at International Culinary Center (ICC) to learn about bread from none other that Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery fame. Jim Lahey is most notably famous for his no knead recipe for bread. Delicious bread with less work? Oh yes please!
Before we started the lesson, we were graced by the wonderful Sara Moulton. I watched her shows over the years and really enjoyed her no fuss technique and teaching. So off we went and learned about the history of grains, their uses, and their evolution. Wheat and gluten allergies were discussed. The loss of bread making skills was mourned. And Jim's career was bounced around until it was time to literally throw some flour and dough around.
I really enjoyed my lesson at ICC with Jim Lahey. I especially enjoyed the small group atmosphere and individual attention. I learned a lot about bread such as: don't be squeamish about wet batter but also do not overwork your dough. But most of all, sourcing good grains and ingredients will almost always result in an excellent product. Unless you're dealing with yeast. They it's trial and error. Ha!
Thank you ICC and Jim Lahey for the wonderful experience.
International Culinary Center
New York, NY 10013
Sullivan Street Bakery
533 W 47th Street
New York, NY 10036