Internet baking celebrity teaching in Big Sky

By Barbara Rowley

Bread-baking sensation Mark Sinclair will teach a class on Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m. in Big Sky at the Ophir School kitchen, adjacent to the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center.

The class, which is offered through the Big Sky School District’s Adult Education Department, will teach participants how to make the rich French bread, viennoiserie brioche.

Sinclair will teach participants how to mix, shape and bake several variations of the bread, and will send class goers home with a packet of dry ingredients and a recipe to start baking up brioche on their own. And don’t worry about forgetting what you’ve learned: Sinclair has already posted several videos on brioche-making to YouTube for students to reference in their home kitchen.

Sinclair recently moved to the Bozeman area after having run a successful bakery in Kalispell for five years. He sold his hard-crusted breads and French pastries from his moveable bakery this summer at the Big Sky Farmer’s Market and now delivers his baked goods on Fridays at no extra cost to homes in Big Sky.

A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sinclair blends his teaching and baking skills seamlessly: His videos on bread baking have been sold worldwide and his YouTube tutorials on bread shaping and baking have garnered upwards of 100,000 views.

To register, email Mark Sinclair at sinclairsbakery@gmail.com. To order bread for Friday home delivery, call him by Wednesday at (406) 253-4207.