About The Bakery School
Busby's Bakery School was founded in early 2018 by myself Gareth Busby, head baker and Instructor. I've given training to many bakers in my career, both at home and in the workplace.
My aim is for this school to be your only resource for all things bread baking.
In the school you'll find, tutorials on how to bake bread, what equipment to buy, where to source ingredients, troubleshooting tips or for the pro there’s support with how to start your own bakery business and create your own bread recipes.
Come join the online course and become a real artisan baker today!!
No credit card, no money, just an email address is all that is required
The best place to learn to bake bread
When first putting the plans together for the online course, the primary aim was to take a person through a journey of artisan baking. I had to teach everything artisan bread related. He couldn't leave anything out.
A series of videos have been created, edited and shared on here for anyone wishing to learn more about bread baking. Inside the course, you’ll find lots of lessons for bread baking beginners whilst also plenty of more advanced, challenging tutorials.
No matter where you are in your bread baking experience, I want to help you improve and in turn share your artisan creations across the world. Wouldn’t it be amazing if more people knew what proper bread tastes like? Better still, if more knew how easy it is to do at home?
I’ve been baking for years, and love all things bread baking! My professional career made me a bakery manager in a supermarket, and an owner & head baker of my own artisan bakery. These days my focus is on this site and sharing as much of my bread baking knowledge as possible.
One thing any experienced baker will tell you is that baking is a constant journey, there is always something you don’t know, something that shouldn’t work does and plenty of pleasure along the way. The pride of nailing a new recipe still gets me excited. It’s fantastic every time!
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How I got into baking bread
Initially, I refused the job... “I don’t want to go in their, especially not at those times in the morning,” I said.
The HR manager replied with “You’ll be alright with the early mornings, you’ll just get used to them. It’s a good challenge, I think you’ll enjoy it.”
“I don’t have a choice do i?” I questioned.
“No.” She replied.
And off to the bakery, I would go, not realising how much that conversation would change my life. That said, it did take a few years to catch the baking bug, proper hook, line, and sinker.
What is artisan bread?
"A worker in a skilled trade, especially one that involves making things by hand."
‘street markets where local artisans display handwoven textiles, painted ceramics, and leather goods’
"as a modifier (of food or drink) made in a traditional or non-mechanised way using high-quality ingredients."
‘the growing appreciation of artisan foods’
An artisan baker adopts traditional techniques and quality ingredients to craft bread. There are many artisan bakeries around towns and cities which sell sourdoughs, ciabattas and baguettes. These breads look amazing and far superior to the equivalents found in the supermarkets.
But for bread to be of artisan quality, the taste, texture, and aroma are all expected to be perfect. By using alternative methods in handling the dough, the use of no machines and selecting some of the finest ingredients, artisan bakers create bread that is far superior.
Artisan bakers reject the use of improvers or chemically-based additives. Which is why anyone can follow artisan recipes to create superior bread quality in their own kitchen. It doesn't have to be complicated, or expensive. By learning a few simple techniques and sourcing some quality ingredients, home bakers can bake fantastic quality breads. Almost as good as the pros!
What was Busby's?
My first business was Busby’s, it was an artisan bakery cafe founded in 2014. Based in West Sussex, UK it was an amazing experience to serve the people of my home town. It turned out that I had a talent for creating original bread recipes.
I soon realised that my bread was gaining strong recognition and a vocal tribe of local followers. Supply contracts soon appeared for restaurants, cafes, and shops in the local area. We became regular features in local farmers’ markets but sadly the business had to close the following year. You can get my book which explains the experience in detail here.
How the idea for the Bakery school came about
Years later I would still get stopped in the street to be told they can’t get bread like mine anywhere else. This continuous feedback had caused a problem. I had to get back baking professionally again. This journey was not about to end. Passionate about sharing my knowledge with others, I started writing the content for this Online Bakery School in 2017.
I want to show how easy it is to bake artisan bread and make bread baking accessible for anyone who wants to learn the art.
I looked for a way to return to baking in a way to enable me to share my knowledge in bakery and business, so launched Busby's Bakery School.
I recalled how stuck I was when I wanted to learn artisan baking. Remembering how I had no idea how to get a good bakery set up at home. I wanted this so that I could practice baking bread. I decided to give away my recipes and create the ultimate bread baking course.
I launched the bakery school as I wanted to give back to the industry I was so proud of being a part of. I'm passionate about teaching my skills and I really don't mind sharing every secret I have. I hope everyone likes the bread baking school and we have lots of active members!"