The Art of Sourdough Baking
A recorded, detailed on demand course, to do as and when it suits you.
Learn from me online, how to make the most nourishing & digestible bread
Do any of these sound familiar?
Hi, I'm Holly Davis, a well seasoned wholefood, sourdough baking and fermentation teacher. After teaching this program face to face, in Australia, for 23 years, it’s a delight to be able to present it online and share my fermentation and sourdough baking experience with you, wherever you are.
Students from four continents have completed my The Art of Sourdough Baking online course, the second interactive live round is in progress now. The results and the feedback from them, have gone way above my expectations.
I am offering special Christmas pricing, for the on demand course, so that you or someone you love can take advantage of the course materials and get learning when it suits. Then if you or they choose, upgrade to the next interactive live round.
Live rounds provide extended learning through a series of 12 interactive live Zoom sessions and you then join a community of like minded folk, who share their questions and receive answers from me and at times from other members. Live round upgrades also give you access to all the classes recorded in previous live rounds. Interactive live rounds are run once a year, the next will be in the second half of 2023, dates to come and you will be the first to know.
In this, on demand course, you will learn HOW and WHY sourdough bread, made as I teach it, can be a wholly nutrient rich choice for your family to enjoy (including the gluten sensitive); just the way they like it, without the guilt.
I will also teach you the art of making slow fermented breads and some sweet sourdough options, to make these the most nourishing and digestible possible. Perhaps best of all, you will learn how to fit sourdough baking into even the busiest schedule.
Why you might learn to bake sourdough
- For the satisfaction & pleasure of sharing a warm, crusty chunk of bread you made with your loved ones.
- Because, as well as insanely good textures and flavours you want to offer bread, that even the gluten sensitive in your clan can enjoy.
- To make nutritious loaves, that no one need ever know is providing, valuable fibre and prebiotics to support gut health.
- Because you get to choose and be certain exactly what is in your bread (and the cost of buying is halved too!)
- You’re time poor and want to learn how to fit sourdough baking into your busy life.
Let me show you how to become a confident, competent sourdough baker; wherever you call home
The Art of Sourdough Baking Course Includes:
An introduction to sourdough
Everything you need to know about sourdough and what you will need to get baking.
Capturing & caring for yeasts
How to capture, maintain & restore starter. Good news is that once your starter is established, it is hard to kill!
The processes of baking
These are given once slice at a time, from mixing, to baking & how to read your results & troubleshoot.
What to do with excess starter
Far from a waste product, discarded starter has many fabulous uses. There are several recipes for using it and details for dehydrating it, to store long term as your back up, just in case.
Plus access to the following features...
- Thirteen high quality step by step video tutorials
- An in depth workbook
- A recipe book including, breads, crepes, crumpets, butter and cultured cream
- Worksheets and guides to download including, bakers speak, various schedules and record keeping
- A resource guide, for sourcing ingredients & equipment
By the end of the course you will have confidence in...
Sourcing the best quality ingredients for the breads you wish to bake
Knowing what flour to choose, for what purpose
Capturing your own wild and free sourdough starter
Understanding how to care for that starter
Distinguishing starter from a leaven
Reviving neglected starter
Making bread dough
Developing & shaping dough 3 ways, for round, oblong & tinned loaves
Scoring and baking loaves in several ways
Reading your results
Varying time, temperature & proportions, to produce the loaves you desire
Making sweet & savoury sourdough
Buying the course now...
Provides you with the opportunity to work through all the class materials at your own pace. The content is yours for life. This can give you a head start before an interactive live round, when you can upgrade and go deeper, if you choose.
The next interactive six week live round will be in the second half of 2023, date to be announced. You will be the first to know when the dates are set and there will be special pricing just for you.
Self paced online learning
Become a sourdough baker, take advantage of...
Videos detailing each step of the process
Learn a bite at a time. Each process has a separate video, so that you can easily find the process you wish to rewatch & practise along with me.
This can take your baking from ok to a thrill, two loaves at a time.
Become a baker, for life.
Your workbook for all the course content, to print.
A detailed recipe booklet.
Bakers terms & measures explained.
Record sheets, so you can track your results.
Timing schedules, so that you can see how to fit baking into your lifestyle.
Your resources page, for sourcing ingredients and equipment in your region of the world.
Upgrade - when the next live round is available.
When you upgrade, you become a member of the art of sourdough baking community. In live rounds there are six weeks of interactive live Zoom Classes (twelve hours in total). In these you can have all your questions answered in detail. Zooms are all recorded, to watch when it suits you. You also have access to the past two years of recorded live Zooms.
Get bonus live content, on the spot coaching and many extra recipes and techniques, such as: steamed sourdough Chinese buns, Honey glazed maple chocolate cake, sourdough Christmas baking and many more.
Hi, I am Holly Davis,
My desire is to seduce people to shop, cook and eat the best way possible, to suit their resources and needs. I advocate that no matter where you are at, you never learn less. I have been teaching the art of home baked sourdough, since my first book Nourish was published in 1999. I am thrilled to say that people are using my most recent book Ferment, a guide to the ancient art of culturing foods (Murdoch Books 2017) in the UK, USA, Hungarian, Czech & Korean publications.
I have run successful wholefood restaurants, manufactured ready made meals, catered for from 1 to 700 people at a time. I sell a range of fermented vegetables, books, SCOBY's and dried starter cultures. I cofounded Sydney's Iku Wholefoods Kitchen 1985-1997. Iku was then, a pioneer of hand made, organic wholefoods.
My hands on, 'Your Daily Bread' classes, at Cornersmith in Sydney, were frequently waitlist only. I run private and group workshops and online courses and consult with private and corporate clients.
I co created and taught several units, including sourdough baking - bread, pastry and cakes; as part of Jude Blereau's three month long 'Whole & Natural Chefs Training Program'. My sourdough course The Art of Sourdough Baking and this learn to ferment course feature in our comprehensive online program, Homemade Pantry.
Here is what others say about my teaching...
Sally Mc Shane
Live round online 2022, Coles Bay, TAS
I am learning so much from Holly but also from fellow learners.
Although I've read widely and followed recipes the videos and real time zoom sessions are fantastic. Having Holly troubleshoot and give feedback about 'the why' is incredibly helpful. I think that 'wisdom of experience' is the bit that's been missing for me . It's also great to be sharing the journey with you all. It's a pity we can't get around a kitchen table together but if you're ever in Coles Bay!!
Sandor Ellix Katz
Author & chief revivalist, Tennessee
Holly knows how to present ideas and recipes simply and clearly. Like me, Holly takes great pleasure in food and that comes through clearly.
Most important, she is encouraging and with her guidance and inspiration, you too can become part of the fermentation revival!
Live round online 2021 Perth, WA
Holly ... you have such a wonderful way of presenting! I know I can only attend a few of the zoom classes, but I love how I can watch them when I have a window of time ... thank you for such a well structured online course ... it's magic! What I am absolutely loving about this course is being able to ask questions and getting answers straight from you, it is fantastic, given that I can't learn from you in person ... so this option to learn is fabulous!
Live round online 2021
The art of sourdough course is beyond my expectations!! The website is great. I found it easy to use from my desktop.
It has been delightful to feel part of your kitchen and world in the live classes….such a lovely aesthetic and you are gorgeous, warm and so generous. Your teachings, advice, suggestions and encouragement make all the difference to getting hands on and learning.
“...I’ve enjoyed learning so much from you. Your extensive knowledge and passion truly inspires me to keep trying your recipes. I recently made your spelt sourdough and WOW I was so so happy with how it came out. It’s now a family favourite, especially with butter and strawberry jam in the morning. I’m now baking twice a week!
Live round online 2021
I’m am really enjoying this amazing course and soaking up all the knowledge, so I can to make bread baking a little simpler in my life and enjoy it every week.
I’m loving seeing all the amazing loaves that are being baked by everyone.
Holly you are so inspiring to watch and I love some of the basics tips you give along the way, I can’t believe I had never thought of ie: wash your cloths with cold water!! That's made cleaning up so much easier.
Answers to questions you may have...
I've never baked bread before, is this for me?
Isn't sourdough starter hard to care for?
I have tried & failed before, how is this different?
How many hours a week do I need to commit?
My life is busy, how will I fit this in?
How often do I have to bake ?
Is this suited to celiacs & the gluten intolerant?
I have been baking for years, what can I expect?
What if my kids will only eat white bread?
What equipment will I need?
Can I do this, my oven is a shocker?
I have a question?
What do I get when I upgrade to an interactive round?
When is the next interactive round?
Bakes from interactive live round students. As you can see, learning online works & some get hooked!
All these were made using the course recipe, during the six weeks of an interactive live round of the art of sourdough baking. Once you get started you may never stop! There is no requirement to bake 5 loaves at a time but like Miriam, you may just want to.