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Sourdough Bread Baking

February 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


NOTE: We are hosting another Sourdough Bread Baking workshop on April 30th. Find out more info by clicking here

bread photoJoin us on a fragrant Sunday morning to explore one of the most ancient human activities, baking bread.  We’ll make bread using the traditional sourdough technique.  You’ll leave the workshop with a fresh batch of dough to bake the next day, a freshly baked loaf of bread, a healthy and predictable sourdough starter, and the knowledge and confidence you need to make high-quality, rustic, sourdough bread at home.

Your instructor, Richard Priess, has spent years experimenting with rustic breads.  He has developed a master recipe for sourdough breads that can be modified to create unique recipes that include various types of whole grains and whole grain flours, nuts, seeds, and fruit.

You want to take this class because:breadontable

  • You’ve always wanted to learn how to make that sour, chewy and rustic bread at home.
  • Learning a new skill is empowering and baking really good bread is something you’ve always wanted to learn.
  • You have a keen interest in making your own food from easily sourced ingredients.
  • You learn best through workshops where you’re able to meet new and engaging people in your community.

bread_in_basketIn this workshop, you’ll learn the steps to make an excellent loaf of rustic, sourdough bread.  You’ll learn how to weigh and mix ingredients, how long to let the dough rise, how to shape it and how to support it while it rises again before baking.  You’ll learn how to care for your sourdough starter so that it will always make excellent bread.  You’ll also learn about the history and science of sourdough bread and bread baking.


You’ll get:

  • A batch of sourdough bread that you made yourself, which you can practice baking at home using your newly acquired skills.
  • Flexible instructions so that you can easily make excellent bread at home, as well as recipes that build upon the master recipe.
  • A fresh loaf of sourdough bread to take home and enjoy with friends and family.


I just made a loaf of sourdough bread this weekend!  I’m still amazed every time I make it just how easy it is and yet so impressive and tasty a loaf results!  Very rewarding!  I’ve been enjoying experimenting a bit with different flours (whole wheat, multi-grain) and add-ins (flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, walnuts)… the possibilities are endless!  What I particularly liked about the course was that it was very well organized and incorporated some science and some art!

Thanks for a great experience!


Your Instructor: Richard Preiss

richardRichard Preiss is a University of Guelph student who was inspired to make really good bread through a combined passion for thrift, science, and good food.  His curiosity has led him to learn about food and cooking as much as possible while in school.  Richard believes that his experience with bread making will make it easy to teach people how to make beautiful, creative, and delicious bread at home, and inspire them to cook more and experiment in the kitchen.





When: Sunday, February 12th, 10:00am-1:00pm

Where: Wellington County Museum and Archives – 0536 Wellington Road 18, Elora, ON N1M 2W3 This space is fully accessible.

What To Bring: A large mixing bowl and an ovenproof pot with a lid. Ideally your pot will be a dutch oven.

Tramontina_Dutch_Oven_Red_6_5_b dutch_oven

Either of these are ideal

$80 includes take home sour dough starter, fresh loaf of freshly baked bread, and many different samples.

** Please also note that you do not need to register through Eventbrite to participate in the workshop. If you would rather pay by cash or cheque, please contact ami@mingaskillbuilding.ca.

Cancellation Guidelines

  • Minga will provide a 100% refund for workshops cancelled by Minga.
  • If a registrant cancels a workshop with more than 5 days notice, a 100% refund will be issued.
  • If a registrant cancels with less than 5 days notice or does not show up, no refund will be issued.
  • The above policies apply for pre-registered workshops. Refunds or credits will not be issued for a missed class.

* Please note that we’ll be sending out information about the specifics of the workshop a few days before, including a reminder of what to bring.




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February 12, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Minga Skill Building Hub


Wellington County Museum and Archives
0536 Wellington Road 18
Elora, Ontario N1M 2W3
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