Father Dominic, St. Bede ‘Bread Monk,’ now offering baking technique classes online

Father Dominic Garramone, OSB, a monk of St. Bede Abbey and teacher at St. Bede Academy in Peru, has launched a class on Craftsy.com that will help people “Bake Your Best: Sweet Yeast Breads, Challah and More.” The former host of “Breaking Bread with Father Dominic” on PBS, he has written six cookbooks. Provided photo


PERU — It is now possible to take a class on baking from Father Dominic Garramone, OSB, of St. Bede Abbey without ever leaving home.

Known as “The Bread Monk,” he launched an online class, “Bake Your Best: Sweet Yeast Breads, Challah and More,” through Craftsy.com on Sept. 6. The Craftsy platform allows students to view the lessons at their convenience, as many times as they’d like, for a subscription fee of about $40 per class.

“I wanted to teach a class where the emphasis wasn’t on recipes but on technique,” Father Dominic said. “You can get recipes anywhere. An online class allows you to demonstrate shaping techniques that are difficult to describe in a recipe.”

He taped the class, which includes six lessons, in Denver last month. It is geared to beginning and intermediate bakers.

“I was really impressed with the high quality production values of Craftsy videos,” said the monk, who is the head of the religion department at St. Bede Academy and teaches church history and Christian doctrine. “Their staff made the whole process of taping the class relaxed and enjoyable. And I have to admit, the breads look gorgeous on camera in HD!”

Craftsy has thousands of classes available in quilting, knitting, crochet, jewelry making, drawing, woodworking and photography. Father Dominic said he has signed up for all the baking classes.

The class he taped will teach viewers to create cinnamon rolls shaped like roses, a heart-shaped coffee cake with cherry filling, several styles of braided loaves, and a multilayered chocolate babka.

To take “Bake Your Best,” go to breadmonk.com for more information and a link to receive a $20 discount on the class.

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