Artisan Breadmaking & Heritage Grains
July 22-26, 2019
Faculty: Richard Miscovich
Connecting to the origins of sustenance, students in Sterling College’s Artisan Bread Baking course will practice the art of breadmaking using both domestic and wild yeasts with an emphasis on baking with retained heat in a wood-fired oven. Baking in commercial and home ovens will also be covered. This journey starts with bread baking fundamentals but also explores diverse concepts such as long-fermented naturally leavened breads and sprouted grains and sprouted grain flours. Along the way, we’ll discuss the history, significance and community-building power of bread.
Sterling’s location in a regional grain system allows us the opportunity to experiment with a variety of locally grown and milled grains. Our production of hand-crafted hearth breads will be interspersed with visits to artisan bakers with community-based approaches to the ancient crafts of milling and breadmaking.
- Day 1 – Course Introduction (pita, pan di mie, sourdough starter)
- Day 2 – Naturally Leavened Breads & Sprouted Grains (bulk retarded pita, pain rustique variations, focaccia)
- Day 3 – Baking Naturally Leavened Breads (pain au levain variations, fougasse, rejuvelac)
- Day 4 – In Class Milling, Rye Breads (rugbrod, rye, power bars)
- Day 5 – Field Trip
Prerequisites: This course is suitable for students with a range of experience levels. No prior culinary or baking experience required. Home cooks with more passion than experience will learn the fundamentals. Aspiring and professional chefs/bakers who want to make bread with natural leaven and bake in a woodfired oven will walk away with new knowledge and skills. Small class size and individual attention make this possible.
Tuition & Fees: $1300 covers the cost of the class, most course materials, and three meals daily from our top-ranked Sterling Kitchen. Not included are airport transfers or housing accommodations.
Housing Availability & Fees: Housing availability is limited for this course and room requests will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. On-campus housing is $60 per night for a room with a private bath, and $50 per night for a room with a shared bath. Please note that Sterling College offers rustic/vintage/farmhouse style accommodations that are clean and safe but not luxurious. If you prefer to stay off-campus please see our accommodations page for local recommendations.