Application to join
- The Sourdough Club Membership is currently closed. We have reached our capacity as there are a limited number of memberships available.
- We will re-open applications for membership (until January 2022)
- We will review your applications and, if you are successful, we let you know by the close of business on 12th November, at which point you will have access to the syllabus and the club-level membership.
What does membership include?
The membership numbers are limited because we provide support and guidance to our members in a live forum.
This is where we share our recipes, tutorials, tips and lessons, so that you can learn how to make healthy sourdough wherever you are.
Yes, this is about learning to make sourdough bread – but not all bread is created equal. This is about making the most nutritious bread, and making it a central part of your lifestyle. It’s about changing your approach to the most basic of foods and understanding how sourdough can improve your gut health, weight management and mental health as well as changing the way you feel.
You can either:
- Follow our living syllabus. The course is structured with a week-by-week lesson plan, but new recipes and tutorials are added in real time throughout the year.
- Use the club as a library of teaching resources and support and just enjoy the community and content.
Learn more than you ever knew there was to know…
Is it worth it?
Our approach is about baking for both physical and mental health, and baking for the people we love. The course has been curated from ten years’ worth of lessons, tutorials and videos from the Sourdough School, and is based on our deep knowledge of baking and nourishing the gut microbiome. It is supported by our in-house team of health experts.
How does it work?
This is a structured course with lessons, tutorials, recipes, and detailed videos. There is a paced pathway so you can bake every week over a year. In the same way I was once taught on my apprenticeship, I will build your confidence, prioritising understanding and knowledge. This is the most comprehensive course you can do online as a guided learning pathway, and you will join our private support group with our community on the forum.
You will learn:
- why you must get to know your flour
- the differences between roller-milled and stoneground flour
- how to refresh, maintain and connect to your starter
- how to change your starter into a chocolate or sweet starter
- the mechanisms of controlling fermentation
- how to bake to suit your schedule
- how to mill your own flour
- all about Botanical Blend flours
- why your gut microbiome is important
- what to do when things go wrong
- the nutritional properties of heritage grains, including einkorn, emmer, spelt and khorasan
- mixing, shaping, scoring and baking techniques
- how to assess and recalibrate your baking
- how to get a wonderful, open, honeycomb crumb structure
- how to use up leftover starter
You will practise not just baking sourdough, but also applying knowledge, and you will be guided along a syllabus that builds your baking skills up with recipes that include:
- high-hydration sourdough boules
- sourdough brioche
- the 10-minute sourdough technique
- sourdough fizz
- cultured butter
- pickles and compotes
… and, of course, by the end of the programme you will be baking beautiful, open-crumb boules: both light-flavoured French-style Pain De Campagne and those lovely, tangy San Francisco-style boules. The first year costs £1,259, and if you would like to stay we have included the option of a reduced monthly alumni fee of £4.99 a month thereafter.