Breadbaking (Level II): Sourdough

Ditch the preservatives and plastic wrap. Join us and learn how to make homemade, all-natural bread from scratch. 

Learn to bake bread the natural way, with a sourdough starter. Sourdough cultures make breads with bolder flavors, a longer shelf life and deliver the health benefits of living, fermented foods. In this hands-on workshop we'll make a simple loaf using a version of the miraculous and easy Chad Robertson Tartine recipe.

By baking bread at home, you’re in charge of what goes into every loaf and can choose to incorporate local and organic ingredients. Other benefits of baking at home include using less energy (used in harvesting, processing, and shipping store-bought bread), using less plastic packaging, and spending less money.

Become a baker and join us for a weekend of heart-healthy, bread baking workshops: Saturday, June 21, 1-3 to make Sourdough and/or Sunday, June 22, 1-3p to make Sourdough rye!

 Topics discussed will include:

How to make your own sourdough starter (also known as a levain)

Types of flour

How to simulate a commercial bread oven at home

Hydration ratios

Kitchen tools for bread baking

Shaping a boule

Working with whole grains

Troubleshooting

You must bring:

A mixing bowl

A Tupperware container to take your dough home

A digital scale if you have one

We'll provide ingredients, and everyone will go home with a jar of starter ready to make bread.

Instructor: Erik Knutzen

Instructor Bio: Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne of Root Simple are authors of The Urban Homestead (Expanded and Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (2008) and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World (2011). Erik is also the founder of the Los Angeles Bread Breakers group. They live in the heart of Los Angeles, in a little bungalow set on a 1/12 acre lot where almost all of their land is devoted to growing edible or otherwise useful plants and trees. Their obsessions include bees, bikes, beer, chickens, healthy cities, healing herbs, simple living and good food. In short, everything DIY!

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A lecture and workshop series teaching hands-on techniques and positive ways to live in connection with our ecosystems.

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  • The Ecology Center
  • 32701 Alipaz St.
  • San Juan Capistrano, 92675
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