Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course

Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course

Regular price $455

Zoom
January 19 - March 16, 2023
All workshops are scheduled for 2pm PT, 5pm EST

Please note, this introductory series is the second of two and includes 7 workshops. The first series, titled Introduction to Wholegrain Baking will be six workshops occurring on Tuesdays January 17 through February 28, 2023 and again in winter 2023. 

Are you an experienced sourdough baker interested in incorporating more whole grains into your repertoire? Have you always wanted to know more about using heirloom wheats or ancient grains for rich flavor, improved digestibility, and increased nutrition?

This interactive virtual course is designed to expand beyond a foundation of whole wheat baking to include a more diverse selection of grains and seeds in whole, sprouted, and stoneground flour forms. Each of the six virtual workshops will be precluded by handouts to help you embrace the joys and idiosyncrasies of regional whole grain baking. The workshops and recipes are developed with North American stoneground regional flours; with some modifications, the recipes can be made with flours sourced in Europe.

These foundational recipes are exercises meant to explore the unique textures, performance, and flavors of stoneground whole grains as the star ingredient in seasonal bakes. Additionally, you will receive a link to schedule a personal one-on-one 30 minute consultation with Sarah at any time during the course's duration to help you troubleshoot or answer questions. 

Space is limited. The content listed below may be slightly modified to the group's experience level after an intake form is completed or to accommodate seasonal ingredients. It is recommended to have at least 1 year of sourdough bread baking experience using flours in whole or sifted form and have an understanding of basic baker's math. Alternatively, completion of the Introduction to Wholegrain Baking course may qualify you to take a deeper dive and participate in the Advanced Course.

This is an intensive course. Workshops last between 2 and 2 1/2 hours but please note, prep work the day before and the day of is required if wishing to bake the recipes in class. Attendance of all seven workshops is highly encouraged but each will be recorded and sent as a link to rewatch afterward for reference. Recordings are not available for purchase. To be added to the waiting list, please email info@ritualfinefoods.com and we will contact you when the next course becomes available. 

January 19, 2023
Part I: Wholegrain Sourdough Breads and Variations

We will begin by discussing the ways whole wheat flours are described, and how to develop appropriate expectations and adaptations accordingly when making naturally leavened hearth and pan loaves. The recipes will be basic exercises in becoming familiar with the performance of regional flours. Flours potentially needed for this workshop include a strong whole wheat bread flour (either white or red) and 1 to 3 'flavor flours' such as einkorn, rye, buckwheat, or emmer. 

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • Sourcing and milling of regional wholegrain flours.
  • Fermentation schedule of bread doughs using wholegrain flours.
  • Ash content and falling number and how to use them as a resource if and when they are available.
  • The relationship between protein and gluten potential.
  • Combining low or no-gluten flours with strong whole wheat flours to produce pleasing oven spring in hearth style loaves.
  • Adapting to variations in regional flours. 
  • Shaping, scoring, and baking wholegrain loaves. 
  • Manipulating sourdough starters and leaven to achieve various flavor profiles and textures in bread.
  • Basic inclusions such as cheese, nuts, or dried fruit. 

January 26, 2023
Part II: Wholegrain Porridge Breads and Variations

Developing texture, aroma, and flavor in wholegrain breads is easy when using cooked porridges and seed soakers. In this class, we will explore the many whole or cracked grains that can be scalded or precooked before folding them into wholegrain doughs. The recipes practiced in class will be exercises in how to include a broader diversity of grains and legumes in naturally fermented breads. Flours potentially needed for this class include a whole wheat bread flour, cracked or flaked grains such as oats, barley, and rye, and various seeds and legumes including lentils, millet, amaranth and flax. 

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • Starch structure, sugars, and gel formation of cooked grains. 
  • Incorporating a broader range of biodiversity in baking ingredients for flavor, protein, and to support ecological farming. 
  • Using wheat flours with low to moderate gluten potential.  
  • Shaping, scoring, and baking porridge pan loaves. 

February 2, 2023
Part III: Enriched Wholegrain Breads 

Fat is an excellent carrier of flavor and in this class, we will explore the ways that it can be used to tenderize and enhance the character of wholegrain breads. Flours potentially needed for this class include spelt, soft wheat, barley, oat, and emmer.  

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • Various oils, butter, and other animal fats. 
  • Using dairy and non-dairy milks, eggs, and sugar. 
  • Sourdough fermentation of enriched breads and baking schedules. 
  • Shaping, scoring, and baking various styles of breads including pan loaves, buns, braids, kolaches, and using sweet or savory fillings.

February 16, 2023
Part IV: Single Grain Breads

One of the best ways to develop an appreciation for the texture and flavor of whole grains is to feature them in single variety breads. In this class, we will explore using ancient grains to make pan loaves, hearth loaves, and flatbreads, sometimes with the addition of sprouted grains, natural sweeteners, seeds, or nuts. Flours potentially used in this class may include spelt, einkorn, emmer, Khorasan, and rye. 

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • Grain profiles including historical and cultural context.
  • Various styles of bread shaping and baking according to dough strength.
  • Pre-cooking flour. 
  • Sprouting whole grains. 

February 23, 2023
Part V: Wheat-Free Sourdough Bread and Pastry 

As your experience with various whole grains grows, it is time to further explore fermentation and baking beyond gluten-forming grains. Wheat-free breads without refined or processed starches produce a deliciously dense, moist crumb with rich flavor. Many of these flavor flours are excellent for making pastry and combine with other ingredients such as fruit or chocolate to produce compelling results. We will build confidence in working with more obscure grains and seeds such as teff, buckwheat, millet, brown rice, oat, and sorghum flours to make a Nordic-style pan loaf, a tart, and a cake. Psyllium husk and flax meal will be used as a binder in the bread. 

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • Milling non-wheat flours at home or sourcing online and from retailers.
  • The ecology of minor cereals and their beneficial potential in farming. 
  • Creating and maintaining a wheat-free sourdough starter.
  • Variations on the recipes using what flours are available in your region. 

March 2, 2023
Part VI: Sprouted Grains and Flours

Sprouting increases the digestibility and nutritional benefits of any cereal with the added bonus of amplifying flavor. Sprouted flours require recipe adjustments to create baked goods with appealing qualities by adapting to their increased absorption rates, sweeter flavor, and quicker fermentation. We will explore the unique performance of sprouted flours through making a basic sourdough bread and a quick bread.  

Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

  • The biochemistry of the sprouting process and the technology of creating flours with consistent performance.
  • How to make your own sprouted flour using a table top mill.
  • Proper hydration and adjusting the inoculation of bread doughs.
  • Using sprouted flours in combination with other flours for greater flexibility.
  • Shaping, scoring, and baking sprouted breads. 

    March 16, 2023
    Part VII: Fermented Pastries 

    Sourdough can be used to create more than just bread and in this class, we will explore using it to fully ferment a seasonal chiffon cake and savory muffins using wholegrain flours. 

    Demonstrations and discussion will revolve around:

    • Using a 100% hydration sourdough starter vs. creating an osmotolerant starter and the benefits and drawbacks of each. 
    • The biochemistry of using sourdough starter in combination with quick leavening. 
    • Substitutions and variations on the recipes. 

    Handouts and any prerecorded tutorials will be sent three to five days in advance of each session.

    Space is limited. No refunds. 

    Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
    Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
    Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
    Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course
    Advanced Wholegrain Baking Course