Courses

Join me in my home kitchen, in the heart of the countryside in north Milton Keynes, for courses in discovering, making and preparing sourdough, where to begin, or how to perfect your current sourdough making, as well as using different flours and add ins, and other ways to use sourdough starter and dough.

I have several courses available, choose the one you would like to book, pick a date, and get in touch. Courses are booked and confirmed once payment has been made upfront.

T&Cs:

*All courses begin at 10am and end between 1.30-2.00pm.

*The dates available are on a first come, first served basis; if you would like to discuss the possibility of different dates from those published, please do get in touch.

*To book a course, please email me directly to secure the date and pay in advance.

*Dates are transferable, depending on availability.

*You will be getting your hands into some dough, aprons will be provided, and gloves if you would prefer, but I would still suggest that you don’t wear anything too special.

*Tea, coffee and water available all day and enjoy lunch of some of our freshly baked sourdough goodies.

*Please let me know any dietary requirements and/or allergies.

*All ingredients and apparatus provided.

*Please read my covid guidelines here.

*Please note that due to the nature of sourdough and the long proving time required, we will not be able to make dough and then bake a loaf entirely from scratch within the lesson time. I will, however, have lots of dough ready for you to experience, and the course will include how to perform the final prep, prove, score and bake the dough, as well as how to prepare new dough, to ensure that you get to experience every part of the process. I will nurture, complete and bake these loaves myself, and if you live locally you would be very welcome to come and collect it the next day – otherwise my son will happily eat it!

Julia says: “Sue and I really loved visiting and baking with you yesterday. The wonderful clear and organised way you worked and passed on all the useful information was invaluable. It was so good having all the ingredients and bowls ready to hand and working through the various stages. And it was a real bonus to be treated to the absolutely delicious lunch you shared with us. Very many thanks for a great day! Thank you too for all the instructions, scones, bread AND the starter which we took away with us.”

Choose your course:

Course A: An Introduction to Sourdough 

Available as a 1:1 course, cost £135 

Or available as a course for 2, total cost £245

Details:

This course is perfect for anyone new to sourdough; no previous experience of sourdough or bread baking is required. If you choose to book a 1:1 course, you will have my sole attention, imparting all of the knowledge I possibly can for your sourdough learning. Alternatively, book with a friend or family and share the fun.

Discover…

What sourdough is and how it differs from other bread.

What equipment is required to bake sourdough and why, and what alternatives could you use from your own kitchen.

What sourdough starter is, how to make it, use it and maintain it, and how to keep it alive forever. We will be feeding some starter and seeing how it grows and becomes active.

What flours work well with sourdough and why.

Experience what well, fully proved dough looks and feels like and how to use it.

Understand how the weather and room temperature affect making sourdough.

Learn how to prepare your first loaf, learn the pulls and folds action to build up the dough, how to prepare the dough for baking and scoring the dough.

Ideas for using sourdough starter in different ways.

Course B: Perfecting Your Sourdough 

Available as a 1:1 course, cost £135 

Or available as a course for 2, total cost £245

Details:

This course is all about perfecting your sourdough baking, introducing different flours & ingredients and using sourdough starter in different ways

Perfect for those who have already done some sourdough baking and would like to perfect their techniques or take it further.

If you choose to book a 1:1 course, you will have my sole attention, imparting all of the knowledge I possibly can for your sourdough learning. Alternatively, book with a friend or family and share the fun.

Discover…

My master recipe and process, and how to apply it to your current baking methods.

Practice the pulls and fold method with your freshly made dough mix.

How to shape dough for round or oval loaves.

Understand how the weather and room temperature affect making sourdough and how to manage your dough accordingly.

Different flours and how to use them in sourdough, including ancient grains and whole grains.

How to make and use different flours in starters and the effects they have on dough and baked loaves.

How and when to add other ingredients to the dough, and how to use liquids other than water in the dough.

Other dishes and items sourdough starter can be used to make & alternative things you can feed your starter to mix things up.

We will make other sourdough items with some of my overnight dough as well as preparing loaves.

This class can also be used as a clinic for any issues you may want to discuss about your experience so far with sourdough. Feel free to bring your starter or bakes to discuss.

Course C: Tailored courses

Tailored 1:1 course, cost £150

Build your own course. Contact me to discuss exactly what you would like to learn and experience in a 1 to 1 sourdough course designed just for you.

Tailored course for 2, total cost £270 

Build your own course. Contact me to discuss exactly what you would like to learn and experience in a sourdough course designed just for you and whoever you would like to share it with.

Course D: Run your own courses

Available as a 1:1 course only, cost £250

If you would like to run your own sourdough making courses and would like to know how to plan, structure, prepare for, and run the courses, this is for you.

Course time: 10am to 3pm.

Choose your date:

Please note: if you do not see a date that suits you, or are travelling to the UK and would like to include a course as part of your visit, I am happy to plan a date to fit into your schedule, please contact me directly to discuss this further.

September

Fully booked

October

Fully booked

November

Fully booked

December 

Wednesday 1st December 

Thursday 9th December 

January 2022

Wednesday 5th January

Thursday 20th January

Wednesday 25th January

February 2022

Thursday 10th February

Tuesday 15th Februsry

Wednesday 23rd February

Contact me directly, let me know which course you would like to attend and on which date; payment in advance will confirm your booking, see you soon xx

if you’d like to know more about my vegetarian cooking courses, click here.