My 1 on 1 sessions are in full swing. One of students from the group class will be bringing his baker and sister in law for a series of more breads and cakes with decorating starting tomorrow.
His sister in law and her cake baker had a 3 day cake class with me 3 weeks ago and it was fun. I learned something from them that I would never have known from someone else since their family owned the bakery for 30 years now.
It's one of those stories where the family had a certain type of business and the 3rd or 2nd generation only shows interest when the parents pass away. This is one of those. " how I wish I learned from my father".
Talking to her about breads (even though we were doing cakes) makes me want to shift to teaching her breads instead of cakes and so I suggested that maybe she should take some bread lessons as well since she was very much interested with the subject and.....from what I've been hearing at that point, something is missing and something needs to be done.
So I ended up giving her tips, making her ditch this very expensive milk and switch to something economical etc etc..It is hard when you try to manage a bakery and you LET THE BAKER DECIDE.
That is not how you run a bakery. Letting the baker tell you what kind of milk to use, what flour to use etc etc without calculating the cost is a recipe for disaster. The none of contention is the fact that they sell to the c and d crowd so in was told that our recipes should be cheap or affordable to the lower mass. But they use a very expensive milk, 2 of them which makes it even worst when there is a cheaper equally good substitute. Hmmmmm. The extra ms mean I am exaggerating the point.
So would be baker's, do not save on learning the trade first before getting into the business of selling breads. Consider the fee you pay as part of the capital. Learn everything there is to know before you open that dream bakery of yours. Meron kasing iba nagtitipid so they will just buy the ebook and not attend the class then hoping against all odds will open the bakery. It could work for some especially those who had experience working in the food industry but for noobies? I doubt it.
I'm booked ten whole May and June so goodbye Baler for now. I will probably have time to visit by July.