Decorative bread is a lost art rich in history and tradition that is currently enjoying a modern revival among bakers, and for good reason.
The techniques utilized produce stunning results, and even complicated effects can be surprisingly easy to learn.
Whether you want to produce a show-stopping seasonal window display, create a unique marketing image, or simply enjoy a festive holiday decoration at home, decorative bread is a fun and creative way to capture the attention of your audience – be it personal or professional!
Artisan bread is what you get when you make flavorful, handmade bread using only quality, natural ingredients. Breads baked directly on the hearth, such as baguettes, whole wheat boules, and sourdough miches are among the most popular and well-known artisan breads, but don’t forget that breakfast pastries and breads such as buttery brioche and flaky croissants can be handcrafted, too!
Baking is an art as well as a science, and the challenge is bringing them both together to create full-flavored, beautiful breads. A little bit of fermentation knowledge along with some simple shaping techniques is all it takes to get you started!
Chef Ciril Hitz teaches full-time at the International Baking & Pastry Institute at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Ciril received his artistic education at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Industrial Design. Upon graduating, he completed a 3-year Pastry/Chocolate apprenticeship in his native Switzerland.
He competed at the 2004 National Bread and Pastry Team Championship in Atlantic City where his two-person team won 1st place overall and he captured all three of the individual bread awards.
In 2002 he represented the USA as a member of the Bread Bakers Guild Team and competed at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, Paris, France, where the team took home the Silver Medal.
Chef Hitz has been a guest instructor/expert at many national and international culinary events and schools and is actively involved with the Bread Bakers Guild of America. His work has been featured on the NBC Today Show, The Food Network, and Ciao Italia!
He lives on a small farm in rural Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Ciril Hitz is a master baker and a passionate teacher. While his workshops allow for hands-on instruction and personal connection to students, he recognizes that not everyone who would like to has the opportunity to attend.
His desire to help other bakers led to the idea of bringing workshops directly into their homes, and in 2005 he created his first educational DVD series on decorative breads, Bread Art.
Thus, Breadhitz was born with the mission to make baking education accessible to anyone, anywhere. As we continue to grow, so does our line of products.
Over the years the educational DVDs have expanded to include thirteen titles and Chef Hitz has authored two books on bread baking. In addition, we offer a small assortment of quality tools to help bring out the best in your baking.