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Not just another bread course….If you find yourself struggling though another recipe trying to find create that perfect loaf of bread….stop right there. I had heard via the grapevine that Vanessa’s course was the place to go to learn the ins and outs of sourdough and she did not disappoint! But that’s not all you’ll get from her instruction. She is vivacious, knowledgeable and a charismatic instructor. She not only teaches you the technique of how to create that perfect artisanal loaf, but the chemistry of why it all comes together. Vanessa captures you the minute you walk into her class. Her hands on lectures teach you about the basics of bread, the fundamentals of creating a great loaf, but her story also weaves you through the importance of eating well. Her discussions on food and sustainability methods left an impact on me into why it is so critical to choose and source our ingredients carefully. Her seminar was also a cultural walk of sharing experiences, of laughter and of devouring her incredible organic feast at mealtimes. But most of all she laid the principals and foundations of confidence that we all needed to experience in order to create a simple, wholesome, beautiful sourdough loaf. And that in essence becomes a sharing & gifting of our time with the ones we love.
Had previously made Sourdough but wanted to gain more knowledge about the process and particularly the starter and leaven so this course proved to be the cajones. Vanessa imparts a lot of her considerable knowledge in an understandable format and her able assistant Issy adds to the homely feel. Learnt a lot and have now produced some good whole grain breads so delighted !! The lunch was excellent with some lovely green leaves from the garden, bresaola, jamon, home made houmus and of course some great bread. Give it a go you won't be disappointed.
The weekend course on digestibility and nutrition with Nick Barnard and Vanessa.....a very informative and most enjoyable two days...with opportunity to hear latest developments, to enjoy tasting healthy food made, to practice skills needed in sourdough bread making and given advice where needed on how to improve... in very pleasant surroundings together with others who are also passionate about sourdough and fermentation...
An amazing weekend - learnt a lot and laughed a lot.
Busy Saturday in Vanessa's kitchen.Good fun , practical and comprehensive.. All my mistakes cleared up and am now producing reliable sourdough loaves – most of the time anyway
Here we have a Guru of sour dough that has character and the ability to make you feel relaxed and digest (sorry!) all the info thrown at you and at the same time help you to feel confident that you will eventually get to producing a decent well balanced loaf.Vanessa has HUGE knowledge and understands why things can go wrong as well as right and imparts you with names l cannot remember but gets you to the finishing post. A enjoyable day, funny and witty not only by her and her considerate assistant but with the other 10 women who surrounded my self and Antony with constant laughter and fun.Would l return again, yes l would drive the 4.5 hours up and 3 hours down from Kent but next time l would want to spend 2 days getting my techniques right and getting deeper into the subject.
With Vanessa leading and us following what a great day I had! I have for ages wanted to move on from traditioal bread making to soughdough but books, websights, utube just didnt do it! I gave up! But now thanks to your enthusiastic and explanitary teaching, I have had ago! After refreshing my starter! Which initself was me taking control I managed the French one day. Even my husband was impressed! I still have a great deal to learn but am readyto have a go at the San Francisco at the weekend . I am facinated with the technics and the science and feel I am learning a whole new skill. Thanktyou and to Kurt for a great day. If you still want a willing student for your photo shoot do let me know.
What Vanessa offered that no book or website could ever teach was a real understanding of the importance of using your senses when making sourdough, you simply CAN'T make the perfect loaf by just following instructions. My sourdough baking since finishing the course just a few days ago has become much more intuitive and instinctive, which also makes the whole process far more interesting and enjoyable. I simply can't imagine other sourdough courses would have got this across quite so well as Vanessa can, on top of teaching all the basics and demystifying the role of the sourdough starter.The day itself was so much fun, Vanessa was a brilliant tutor in a very relaxing space. I didn't want to leave! Thank you.
I attended the one day course last weekend and what a great introduction to baking sourdough. To be honest I have never had much luck with baking bread but I love eating sourdough so thought I would give the course a try. I am so glad I did. Vanessa is an energetic teacher and was able to make the complicated process of making sourdough sound simple, so that someone like me who has never made any before left feeling inspired and fairly confident that I could give it a try at home. I made my first loaf at home the following day and was amazed at how it turned out. Attending the course means you can pick up all the little tips it is almost impossible to gain from reading a book. Thank you for a great day Vanessa and looking forward to continuing my sourdough journey!
I did the one-day course last weekend having been given this as a present from my husband. I've been baking bread the traditional way for years but wanted to be able to make the authentic sourdough you can buy easily abroad but which is so hard to find here. I can only echo what everyone else has said here: Vanessa is a force of nature and her teaching style is inspirational. Never a dull moment! Above all she gave us not only the basic skills but also the tips which inspire confidence in beginners. I've just taken my first batch out of the oven and the bread is delicious so although I have a lot of finessing to do it's a big thank-you to Vanessa and Carl
The weekend experience at the sourdough school was superb from start to finish. Although I had been making sourdough bread for nearly a year the school and especially Vanessa gave me so much confidence to try out new ideas, to master loaf-shaping and to experiment with other uses of sourdough starter. Vanessa herself put everyone at ease and enabled everyone to take part, her enthusiasm is infectious! The group number of 10 worked well. Saving up for my next course.
2 Day course in October 2016My partner Rosie and I are hoping to open a bakery one day and came to Vanessa's 2 day clinic to get our fundamentals straight, we got far more than we imagined.Not only was Vanessa knowledgable, relatable and a clever sourdough teacher, she was an inspirational to change and transform the way we see all food, not only bread. We thought we could have gotten by without a course or formal training, but we learned many priceless methods and tips. She was prepared and dedicated, she made a concerted effort to make sure everyone got out what the came for.Impressively she answered all questions Rosie, who has a food science background, had about bread baking processes and (importantly) how sourdough affects gluten and your health.Our bread baking hero!!
My wife purchased this 2 day weekend course as a Christmas present. I just had a fabulous time from start to finish - learning, which for the first time since leaving school in 1980 was quite amazing for me.I have to say that I was nervous about the thought of being at school, it sounded scary and what about the people on the course with me what would they be like? I asked myself... Vanessa greeted me with the biggest smile and welcome as she did all the students and from that moment on it was just fun, laughter, chat and learning, Vanessa uses her own great teaching skills by imparting knowledge in a fun way that just make you remember what is being taught.The bread of course was amazing (even mine was pretty good too, I have to say). Dough balls, cake and Pizza just a total food heaven. Lunch was prepared in front of us as we were in class all sat around the large wooden farmhouse table, we ate an Italian themed lunch of roasted vegetables – Pizza – Garlic Dough Balls – Artichokes – Cured meats – Wine (from one of the UK's best wine producers) Fleur Fields VineyardSpecial thanks to Ian, and an enormous thank you to Vanessa – Your enthusiasm and passion shines through, everything you do is from the heart and that is what makes your work very special, for you to share this is amazing.Thank youPaul
I attended Vanessa's sourdough clinic making bricks and came home with a light fluffy sourdough loaf! I learnt so much during the day and met some fantastic people. I would recommend a visit to The Sourdough School to anyone.
I attended the one day Introduction to Sourdough course in mid-October. It has taken me this long to write a review because I think I needed at least six weeks for the information and teaching to sink in. The day is full-on, particularly if you care about your baking and really want to learn. We heard about the history of wheat, sourdough and digestion, the science and chemistry of gluten and sourdough and so much more. On top of that was the bread making, shaping, creating and learning how to make a sourdough loaf from a passionate and knowledgeable teacher. The day inspired me to bake sourdough and look after my starter (which I had tried to do from books before without any success). I've baked eight loaves in the last six weeks and each loaf gets a bit better than tbe last one. And that is where the rest of the course kicks in - you get the Sourdough club and a facebook group full of supportive people and inspiring ideas and you get continued access to Vanessa's advice and support (which is priceless). If you love to bake and want to understand sourdough and learn about it, this is the best course you can do. I am already saving up for the intermediate course!
Thank you Vanessa for being so welcoming and positively inspirational,and Graham too for a lovely lunch.You put across so vividly the importance of mictobial activity and fermentation in maintaining digestivehealth,and accordingly using grains grown and milled with integrity. I've been busy since...paying proper attention to prepping levains and shaping...and tog. with steam, steam,steam : result...three loaves gratifyingly elevated! Would definitely love to come again to explore more sourdoughness.
It was an amazing day with an amazing teacher who is so inspiring .The company and surroundings were wonderful and I hope one day that my sourdough bread will be as fantastic as Vanessa's I hope one day to do another course so thank you so much for sharing your knowledge Pauline.
I spent last Saturday with Vanessa and a group of sourdough enthusiasts and I came away from the class feeling exubriant, encouraged and full of bravery to try new and wonderful tastes and textures for my sourdoughs! I must admit that when I woke up that Saturday morning and got on that train, I wondered if I would learn anything useful from the clinic or if Vanessa could help me improve on my basic sourdough. Vanessa did just that and so much more!! What a wonderful teacher she is and what a great method of teaching! Vanessa seemlessly fixed each of our sourdough concerns throughout the day while adding wonderful stories, teachings and "light-bulb-moment" tips along the way amidst giggles and laughter (you simply can't have good bread without a good dose of laughter!). It really was a wonderful feeling being in a bread class within what is otherwise a home. It certainly felt like we were amongst family and friends. When it came time to bringing out our pre-baked loaves and home-nurtured starters, the nerves started running. However I was very encouraged by Vanessa's praise and feedback and thrilled to hear that I got my crumb and texture right. I just needed to work on the taste...and I have been doing just that since! I now can't wait to sign up for the Higher Hydration course. Thank you so much, Vanessa, for being the inspiration that you are!! Till next time.
What an amazing weekend! I've been baking my own sourdough for nearly 2 years, but Vanessa has help me to take my baking to a new level. She is the most generous teacher and baker I've come across. She will go above and beyond to ensure that each of the students feel confident to bake wonderful bread at home. I cannot wait for my next weekend @ the sourdough school.
I have just spent the weekend with Vanessa and a fascinating group of people at The Sourdough School. I bake bread regularly, but sourdough has always eluded me. Vanessa has put me on a journey to understanding this fascinating ingredient and I have a renewed confidence in starting to learn again. But, for me, the weekend wasn't just about the bread. It helped me understand how our choices about food can affect so many things from health to the environment. I feel inspired to make changes to my own life and I thank Vanessa for the nurturing kindness she showed me. Baking bread is great therapy and now I have my very own sourdough starter to care for there is no turning back. I hope I'll return to the school and show Vanessa just how far I've come.