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Beginner Sourdough Bread Baking Intensive

at North American Pizza and Culinary Acad. - Lisle

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Lisle, Suburbs
1970 University Ln
At Varsity Dr
Lisle, Illinois 60532
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 16

What you'll learn in this bread class:

Back by popular demand, Baker Bettie is here for an all day sourdough workshop for Beginners. This 6 hour hands on sourdough intensive will focus on gaining an in depth understanding of basic sourdough technique and theory.This is the class you have been waiting for! In this class we will cover:

  • What exactly is a sourdough starter?
  • How to maintain your sourdough starter
  • Sourdough master recipe and how to adapt it for endless variations
  • The process of creating a sourdough loaf from start to finish
  • How to make a rustic boule (round loaf) from start to finish
  • How to create your own dough formula
  • How to adapt your dough to fit your schedule
  • Incorporating whole grains
  • How to create tension when shaping
  • Baking methods
  • Baker’s percentages
  • How to use your sourdough discard

Class will start with a toast bar of a variety of sourdough breads and accompaniments to sample.

Once introductions have concluded, we will review the basics of what sourdough is and you will receive your own pot of sourdough starter for you to bake with during class and take home to use in all future baking.

We will review the basic sourdough formula and you will learn how to adapt the formula to make endless variations of sourdough bread. Each student will be guided in making their own recipe for their sourdough to mix during class.

After our doughs are mixed, you will be given a dough that is ready to be shaped. The chef will demonstrate shaping techniques to build tension in your dough to ensure a tall loaf. We will shape our loaves together and let them proof to bake later in class.

We will then learn how to feed and maintain our starters. The chef will review how to keep your starter healthy, how to troubleshoot, and how to keep your starter refrigerated if you will not bake with it often.

Next, we will prepare a delicious lunch together of sourdough pizza with a variety of topping offerings.

After lunch, we will score and bake our risen loaves. Each student will take home their baked loaf from class as well as the dough they made during class to bake at home later. The chef will then demo a few sourdough discard baked goods for the class to sample.

The class will conclude with plenty of time for questions. Each student will walk away with bread, a sourdough starter, a banneton basket, and the confidence and knowledge to continue their sourdough journey at home!

Substitutions and Class Format

We reserve the right to substitute ingredients, menus, recipes, chefs and instructors. Unless noted otherwise, all of our classes are hands-on and participatory in style. Our class size is limited and classes are structured to allow each student the opportunity to work closely with the chef in the preparation of dishes and to observe, up-close, the ingredients, tools and techniques used in the making of all dishes. The exception to the hands-on format are classes labeled as “Demonstration” or “Demo” or “Lecture”.

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Should you need to cancel a reservation for any class, you will receive a full refund for any cancellation made four (4) days or more before the class date.

Cancellations made three (3) days or fewer before the class date will be put
on a Cooking Class voucher that can be applied toward a future class, however, no refunds, exchanges or vouchers will be given to changes or
cancellations made on the day of the class or for no shows — without exception.

Reservations are fully transferable and if you are unable to attend a class someone else may attend in your place without notice. Changes and cancellations may be made through emailing [email protected] In the event we cancel a class a full refund will be given.


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