The Secrets to Your Best French Breads? They’re All Inside…

The Baker's Guide to French Bread Class

Break Only The Best Bread With Grateful Loved Ones

Jeffery Hamelman French Bread InstructorLearn the secrets to making fresh French bread and enjoy the golden–brown crust, chewy–tender interior and beautiful open crumb that sets this bread apart from the rest. Join me, Director of King Arthur Bakery and Certified Master Baker Jeffrey Hamelman, for my online Bluprint class The Baker’s Guide to French Breads and get ready for loved ones to request these delicious baguettes, bâtards and more any chance they get!

In this class, you’ll learn how to prepare, proof, shape and bake a variety of classic French breads. To begin, I’ll guide you through the life Break Baking Techniques from French Bread Classcycle of French bread dough, and we’ll discuss hydration, fermentation and gluten development as we make our first batch. Need to see one of these techniques again? With Bluprint, it’s easy to repeat any lesson you wish, and you can ask me questions along the way.

Want to turn your dough into beautiful ready-to-bake loaves? We’ll learn how in our next lesson! Find out how to recognize when your dough is fully mature and get tips for dividing it into even pieces for shaping. Then, I’ll show you how to create distinctive baguette shapes and we’ll score the top so that your loaf expands as it bakes for irresistible results. Take a sneak peek at that technique right here:

Every oven is different, but the tools you need to bake the perfect loaf are the same. In this lesson, learn how to use a thermometer, a baking stone and a cast-iron pan to get the results you want. And, find out how to create the steam that’s so critical to a wonderfully crusty baguette. You’ll also learn how to identify when your bread is done baking and how to store it for optimal freshness.

Bakery Worthy BreadStronger dough, added flavor and less processing time? It’s all possible with a pre-ferment, also known as poolish. Learn how to recognize a mature poolish and brush up on the desired dough temperature so that you always enjoy consistent results and bread bursting with flavor. Plus, I’ll share tips on mixing your dough like a pro!

Pre-shaping is an important step, so we’ll spend time there next. Learn how to form dough into cylinders and let them rest before giving the three-step shaping method a try. Once we’ve baked our baguettes, I’ll show you how to set your bread apart by using all your senses to check for the perfect doneness.

In our last lesson, we’ll play with a few new shapes. From a sandwich loaf and hearty bâtard to dinner rolls with sesame or poppy seeds, you’ll learn how to enjoy a variety of satisfying French breads whenever you wish. Enroll in The Baker’s Guide to French Breads today and you’ll even find out how to wow a crowd with a ring loaf, épi de blé and a decorative Lyonnais sun.

professional-tips-french-breadGood bread is my passion and my life’s work. I came to King Arthur in 1999 to open their baking and teaching facilities and today, I am the director of the King Arthur Bakery. Additionally, I am the author of BREAD: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes, I served as captain and coach of Baking Team USA and I am a recipient of the Bread Bakers Guild of America’s Golden Baguette Award.

I also teach in King Arthur’s Baking Education Center where I share my knowledge with people from all over the world. Now, with Bluprint, I can teach you in your very own kitchen.

Make bakery-worthy baguettes at home, and enjoy the “mmms” you get when you share your new skills with satisfied friends and family!

Join us in The Baker’s Guide to French Breads »

Jeffrey Hamelman | Bluprint Instructor

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22 Responses to “The Secrets to Your Best French Breads? They’re All Inside…”
  1. THOMAS
    THOMAS

    I am unable to find any of my classes I purchased not just the ones from king arthur baking. once you changed back from Blueprint back to Craftsey they were all gone and so will I be if it isn’t corrected.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Thomas,

      Thank you for contacting us. The King Author on list of the classes that are currently on a contract hold with their partners. If you have purchased any of these titles, they will be added back to your accounts as soon as the issue is resolved.  

      If you have any other questions, please email or contact Customer Service at 888-891-7203.

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      Craftsy

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  2. saulcalvo20191142
    saulcalvo20191142

    I am not the only one disappointed in not being able to find all of the previous king arthur videos they were really good. Hopefully they load them up otherwise there is no point in my belonging to Craftsy that was the main reason why I joined.

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Customer,

      Thank you for contacting us. We have contract hold with their partners. If you have purchased any of King Arthur titles, they will be added back to your accounts as soon as the issue is resolved.

      Thank you,
      Lindsay

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  3. aprilwhite@kc.rr.com
    aprilwhite@kc.rr.com

    I still cannot access at least 7 previously purchased classes. Could you please check this for me?

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  4. funfoodie@hotmail.com
    funfoodie@hotmail.com

    Are all the King Arthur bread making classes still pending upload onto the new website? Like others, I haven’t been able to find any of them on the website. I purchased at least one of the King Arthur classes, and it’s not in my account yet either.

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    • jwecht@yahoo.com
      jwecht@yahoo.com

      I hope this is not the norm, it appears King Arthur is holding back. The Baker’s Guide to French Breads with Jeffrey Hamelman was by far the best video in the vault. This will not go well for Craftsy and King Arthur if they do not release the videos.

      Reply
  5. cminakto
    cminakto

    Hi, some of my classes loaded onto my dashboard but not this one and Classic Croissants, Modern Techniques with Colette Christian is missing as well.

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  6. Kathy Raymond
    Kathy Raymond

    I don’t believe I have received access to all of my “own forever”, purchased classes! I owned this Jeffrey Hamelman “The Secrets to Your Best French Breads” and not only is it not in my list of classes, but now the course won’t even open. Please tell me this course is not gone forever? I had purchase every Bread class that Craftsy and/or Blueprint offered except the gluten free ones!

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    • ckramer@outlook.com
      ckramer@outlook.com

      This class was not loaded for me and now I don’t even see it is offered. PLEASE reload this class for me

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    • Kimberley Griffith
      Kimberley Griffith

      Same issue with the Jeffrey Hamelman Class “The Secrets to your Best French Bread”. I also had a making perfect pizza class by Peter Reinhardt. Neither of these on in my library.

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      • Customer Service
        Customer Service

        Hello Kathy,

        I am sorry to hear this. Thank you for contacting us about your missing classes. Please provide us the exact title of the class(es) you are missing, and we would be happy to get those added to your Classes icon on your Account Dashboard. Please note that free classes from BluPrint were not transferred to an account.  I apologize for in the inconvenience. Please forward your request on to: craftsy@program-director.net and they will help you with that issue.

        Thank you,

        Lindsay

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  7. ckramer@outlook.com
    ckramer@outlook.com

    This class which I had purchased was not loaded to my account. Help please!

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello, your purchased classes are being loaded onto your account dashboard under the “classes” tab today!

      Reply
    • cminakto
      cminakto

      Hi, some of my classes loaded onto my dashboard but not this one and Classic Croissants, Modern Techniques with Colette Christian is missing as well.

      Reply
  8. Carolyn Tudor
    Carolyn Tudor

    I have paid for 4 classes with Craftsy. Where are they? Why is my membership expiring? What does that mean?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Carolyn, your purchased classes will be loaded onto your account dashboard today.

      Reply
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Desiree, your purchased classes will be loaded onto your account dashboard by October 16th.

      Reply