My name is Karen the Doughminatrix, I am the founder behind Bespoke Bread. I have been voted Home Baker to Follow by Women’s Weekly, and I can teach you to make the perfect loaf. Satisfaction guaranteed. But, it hasn’t always been this way.
Just two years ago, I was a jobless stay at home mum, who had just given birth, at the start of the global pandemic. My care free freelance video editor job vanished overnight. I felt helpless, trapped and quickly fell into postpartum depression and anxiety attacks.
Emotionally overwhelmed, I turned to baking to slow down, and to stay sane. I discovered that all you need are 3 simple ingredients like flour, water and salt to make a loaf of sourdough bread. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I struggled to adapt bread making recipes online to work with our tropical climates. Some of my loaves looked like flattened UFOs, and some of my doughs couldn’t even be baked, and worst of all, my loaves tasted sour, gummy and disgusting. Incredibly, I persevered and kept trying despite failing again and again. I was baking a loaf every day, determined to get the steps right, persevering until I figured out how to make my loaves better.
Bread making not only taught me patience, it also taught me about perseverance. Bread making also taught me kindness. Kindness to myself, to accept failure, and to laugh at all of my mistakes. The tactile, physical act of touching dough is smoothing and worked like physical kindness that makes you feel accepted.
Looking back, I wished that I could have found someone to teach me, and guide me. Someone who understood that making sourdough bread in the tropics requires radically different techniques and re-writing recipes. Someone who can make bread theory, easy to understand for absolute beginners. It would have saved me so much heartache, and countless hours wasted.
Today, I am happy to inspire and share my passion for bread making with so many others both online, and in-person. I work with home bakers, and seasoned professionals who are struggling to get their perfect loaf. I work with complete beginners, families and couples who want to experience the joys of baking.
I make my classes fun! I make complicated bread theory easy to understand. More importantly, I demonstrate why my method is radically different and make it possible to make delicious sourdough in our tropical climates.
I believe that bread making teaches you to be a better person. Just like the way it has helped me learn about patience, perseverance and kindness.
I hope to be able to make the world a better place, one loaf at a time.