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For The Love Of Sourdough Bread

March 31, 2013 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

$20 – $40

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fischer

Did you know that the yeast (called a starter) to make sourdough comes from yeast naturally occurring in the air? Despite what you might’ve read, sourdough is quite possibly one of the tastiest breads to make (it doesn’t have to be sour!), and also the easiest (it doesn’t have to be confusing!). All you need is three basic ingredients–water, flour and salt–and one of life’s primary virtues: patience. Once you understand the basic terms and rhythms of making sourdough, you’ll know how to control the fermentation process to craft the breads you like most–naturally!

Imagine being able to make a beautiful, homemade sour dough loaf of bread all by yourself.  You will leave with the confidence to make sour dough over and over again at the fraction of the cost to purchase it.

You want to take this class because:

  1. Learning a new skill is empowering and baking bread is something you’ve always wanted to learn about.
  2. You want to know what ingredients are going into your food.
  3. You learn best through workshops where you’re able to meet new and engaging people in your community.

In this class you will learn what ingredients to use, how to mix and develop dough by hand, how to knead, stretch and fold the dough to get the perfect baking consistency.  We’ll also cover when and for how long to let the dough relax, how to shape the dough and finally how to bake the perfect loaf.

You’ll get:

  • The opportunity to practice making a fresh loaf of sour dough bread under the guidance of a professional bread baker. That way you can take home your newly acquired sour dough bread skills, and know that you can do it again by yourself.
  • Recipe: We’ll give you the recipe from Elora Bread Trading Co for you to use it again and again.
  • A fresh loaf of bread to share with your friends and family.

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Calantha Elsby learned to love bread first by making it. She believes that bread should never be an afterthought, and is determined to show people just how easy making great-tasting bread can be.

After a couple of stints in bakeries in Kingston, ON, she moved to Elora where she met Sonia Cheng while volunteering at Elora’s wood-fired community oven. Two months later they launched the Elora Bread Trading Co., a small-scale sourdough bread company selling out of the Elora Farmers’ Market.

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When: Sunday, March 31 @ 1:30-5:00 pm

Where: Artisanale French Country Cooking- 214 Woolwich Street, Guelph

Cost: Sliding Scale $20-$40

Course includes: all materials, equipment, samples and take home loaf

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March 31, 2013
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
$20 – $40
Event Category:


Community Engagement