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Artisan Sourdough Baking

Ferny Creek, AustraliaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Julian

3 hours
French
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Over the course of the three-hours, we make several loaves of bread. To kick things off we pop our first loaf of bread in to bake while I take you through the order of events of the course. Once the itinerary is covered, participants begin to mix their own loaf of sourdough - whilst I demonstrate - learning all the proper techniques to knead and fold our dough.

Whilst our dough rests we sit down for a coffee/tea and sample the now baked first loaf of bread, fresh out of the oven. During this time, I present a PowerPoint presentation on the origins and history of sourdough so that everyone leaves with a deeper breadth of knowledge. This covers all the steps of breadmaking and a breakdown of starter culture.

Following this, we knead and fold the bread for the first time and talk about techniques and then bake the remaining loaves demonstrating different baking styles, free standing and in a bread pan.
As they bake, I demonstrate how to feed and maintain the living culture that you will take home with you so that you can continue making bread. Everyone also leaves with their own loaf of baked bread as well as an additional loaf to bake at home, accompanied by a recipe book to facilitate future baking success.
Other things to note
Guests can bring a notepad to take notes if they like but is not mandatory.
Also if they are taking dough back home to bake they will need a container around 2 litres in volume to hold the dough.
Aprons, recipe books, pens, and all equipment and ingredients are supplied.
Over the course of the three-hours, we make several loaves of bread. To kick things off we pop our first loaf of bread in to bake while I take you through the order of events of the course. Once the itinerary is covered, participants begin to mix their own loaf of sourdough - whilst I demonstrate - learning all the proper techniques to knead and fold our dough.

Whilst our dough rests we sit down for a coffee/tea and sample the now bake…

Julian's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Mixers, Ingredients, dough knife, aprons, recipe booklet, bucket with Cultu...
From £70
/ person
Sun, 31 Jan
12:00 - 15:00
£70 per person
£70 per person
Sun, 7 Feb
12:00 - 15:00
£70 per person
£70 per person
Sun, 14 Feb
12:00 - 15:00
Join 2 other guests
£70 per person
£70 per person

Meet your host, Julian

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 7 Reviews
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With over 30 years experience as a Baker/Pastry Chef at various high class venues like Hotel Sofitel and Crown Casino Melbourne and The Pullman Hotel Cairns followed by Patisseries and top Cafes in Melbourne.

I opened my own Bakery/Cafe in Belgrave and supplied the local Dandenong Ranges community with amazing Pastries, Breads and Cakes for 9 years before selling and then obtaining my Cert IV Training and Assessment and becoming a full time Teacher in Bakery and Patisserie at William Angliss Institute.

Whilst obtaining my Certificate I started my Sourdough bread baking school from home with Saturday sessions from 12pm-3pm teaching students how to mix, knead and bake Sourdough plus how to maintain the culture.

I'm now passionate about passing on a wealth of knowledge from a fantastic career in the industry to novice and experienced bak
With over 30 years experience as a Baker/Pastry Chef at various high class venues like Hotel Sofitel and Crown Casino Melbourne and The Pullman Hotel Cairns followed by Patisseries and top Cafes in Melbourne.

I opened my own Bakery/Cafe in Belgrave and supplied the local Dandenong Ranges community with amazing Pastries, Breads and Cakes for 9 years before selling and then obtaining my Cert IV Training and Assessment and becoming a full time Teacher in Bakery and Patisserie at William…
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Where you'll be

With views of the Sherbrook National Park Forest in the Dandenong Ranges.
The Workshop with be in the main house cottage kitchen with polished timber floors and a large recycled timber table to demonstrate mixing and dough moulding and a large new stainless steel oven to bake in.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Bianca
March 2020
Julian's sourdough class was amazing, we learnt so much about both the theory and practice of making good sourdough, and feel confident to recreate it ourselves at home. We had a lovely small intimate group in Julian's beautiful home in the Dandenongs, so the class was very hands on and we got to make LOTS of bread! Julian was kind enough to give us some of his 20 year old starter to take home, which was amazing as we have previously failed to start our own culture from scratch. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone curious about making bread, or who wants to up their sourdough game. Julian is an expert having worked in the area for most of his life, and his experience really shows. The class really exceeded our expectations!
Julian's sourdough class was amazing, we learnt so much about both the theory and practice of making good sourdough, and feel confident to recreate it ourselves at home. We had a l…
Heather
March 2020
We had a lot of fun learning sourdough techniques with Julian. We had some experience making sourdough already, but have picked up some helpful tips from Julian that has taken it to the next level. The bread we made at home was the best we've ever done!
We had a lot of fun learning sourdough techniques with Julian. We had some experience making sourdough already, but have picked up some helpful tips from Julian that has taken it t…
Rachelle
February 2020
Julian was very friendly and we were welcomed with yummy patisseries he had made earlier that day. Julian was a great teacher and had a wealth of knowledge in bread making. He provided us with resources to make our own bread and freshly baked bread to take home. We can’t wait to make our own sourdough bread!
Julian was very friendly and we were welcomed with yummy patisseries he had made earlier that day. Julian was a great teacher and had a wealth of knowledge in bread making. He prov…
Elizabeth
December 2019
Baking within minutes of arriving makes this a hands on experience. Julian teaches in words, demonstrates in action and encourages participation with a "have a go" attitude. Sampling the first loaf, with a tea or coffee, gave us a taste to look forward to at home. We each got to mix up a batch of dough to bake later at home (bring a container to carry it.) Together with a slide show and a take home copy of the recipe to write notes on, there were lots of "aha" learning moments, which gave us the confidence to try baking at home. Julian is an experienced and clear teacher. We enjoyed learning from him and can recommend this experience to others keen to unlock the mystery of sourdough.
Baking within minutes of arriving makes this a hands on experience. Julian teaches in words, demonstrates in action and encourages participation with a "have a go" attitude. Sa…
Robert
November 2019
Great way to learn all about sourdough bread and the history of it. Julian has a wealth of knowledge and shows you his way of making some delicious bread.
Cain
November 2019
Julian made us feel right at home in his kitchen showing us both the science and practice behind making the perfect sourdough. He is extremely knowledgeable in his profession and very welcoming His location is about 1 hours train ride from Downtown Melbourne and very well worth it. If you’re hesitating about booking this experience, book it!
Julian made us feel right at home in his kitchen showing us both the science and practice behind making the perfect sourdough. He is extremely knowledgeable in his profession and v…

Choose from available dates

4 available
  • Sun, 31 Jan
    12:00 - 15:00
    £70 per person
  • Sun, 7 Feb
    12:00 - 15:00
    £70 per person
  • Sun, 14 Feb
    12:00 - 15:00
    Join 2 other guests
    £70 per person
  • Sun, 21 Feb
    12:00 - 15:00
    £70 per person

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.