Naturally Leavened Bread Class

this class is being offered virtually. 

Have you always wanted to learn how to make and keep your own sourdough starter? Does the thought of creating your own little microclimate for wild yeast to thrive in fill you with joy? Do you aspire to have your own ‘crumb shot’ to share on social media? If so, join us for this virtual multi-day class,* where we'll demystify naturally leavened bread for you, teach you how to make and maintain your own sourdough starter, mix and treat the dough, and finally bake loaves of crusty, flavorful bread at home. 

Together, we’ll take you through the perfect environment for capturing wild yeast, talk about hydration levels and how different types of flours behave, protein percentages, creating steam, troubleshooting, and more. And we look forward to answering all of your questions along the way. 

We’ll show you two types of starters: our tried and true Zingerman’s Bakehouse starter, as well as another starter made with whole grains, in alignment with our new vision here at the bakery. In two class sessions (Days 7 and 14), we'll bake loaves of Bakehouse Farm bread and whole-grain sourdough bread with levain made from the starters you've been building in class. 

All you ‘knead’ is a desire to learn and a lot of flour; we’ll take you through the rest!

For more on sourdough fermentation and naturally leavened artisan bread, head to our blog and read: "In Search of Naturally Fermented Bread?"

You'll leave the BAKE! class with our detailed guide to making and maintaining a sourdough starter (both the Bakehouse's and whole grain), our bread recipes, the knowledge to recreate everything at home, and the sourdough starters and bread you made in class. 

* Please note, this class takes place over two consecutive weeks. It has active days when we are feeding our starters and/or baking, and passive days when there will be optional check-ins. On the days we don't actually meet, we'll be available via email and will let you know in class how to proceed. If you cannot attend all the class days but are still interested, send us an email at [email protected] and we can figure it out with you. 

Additional Products

Basic Bread Baking Kit


Our Basic Bread Baking Kit is great for bakers who are just starting to experiment with bread baking. It comes with 5 tools that will help you get started on your bread baking adventure: a bowl scraper, a bench knife, a lame with three razor blades (for scoring bread), an oven thermometer, and a digital thermometer. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send an email to [email protected]

Everything Bread Baking Kit


Our Everything Bread Baking Kit is great for more experienced bread bakers, or those looking to expand their world of breads. It contains all of the equipment from the Basic Bread Baking Kit (bowl scraper, bench knife, lame with three razor blades, oven thermometer, and digital thermometer), plus a willow proofing basket, a linen couche for making baguettes, cheesecloth, and ten sheets of parchment paper. The price includes ground shipping. For more in-depth equipment descriptions please go to our FAQ page or send us an email at [email protected].

Dates for the Class Class Format Price Class Status Register
Sunday, September 19, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Monday, September 20, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Friday, September 24, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 9:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Friday, October 1, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:00am EDT
Virtual $275.00 12 spots left