Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

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Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

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We all know that nothing smells better than home baked bread but have you ever baked your own? In this hands on workshop you will learn about all the techniques which govern sourdough bread baking in a domestic oven. You will make a variety of different breads and gain the skills and confidence to bake your own bread at home. Come bake bread plus enjoy your handmade pizzas for lunch! Everyone gets to take home bread and some leaven to get started with.

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a $10 discount. Enter "ceresmember" under "Booking Summary" during the checkout process.

Trainer Bio: Ken Hercott grew up on a wheat farm in the Mallee, Victoria. He started baking at home using flour milled on farm, then took his passion to the US to work under Master baker Richard Bourdon, alongside Chad Robertson. Returning to Austalia, he then worked with John Downes ( the legend of Australian sourdough) at Newrybar and then at the Natural Tucker Bakery. There he honed his skills using a wood fired oven. Ken’s passion for sourdough bread led him to Europe, where he baked and taught at Fattoria Barbialla Nuova, in Tuscany. Check out his facebook page

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What you will learn
  • Make your own bread.
  • More about sourdough
  • Make your own handmade pizzas
What you will get
  • Handmade pizzas for lunch
  • Recipes
  • Your own bread to take home and some leaven

What to bring
  • Your favourite pizza toppings. CERES will provide the passata and cheese
  • One loaf sized tin ideally measuring 22cm long, 11cm, wide and 8cm high
  • A clean wide-mouthed glass jar to take home your leaven
  • Apron and two tea towels
What to wear

Enclosed footwear and long hair tied back.

Appropriate for

Beginners or those who want to improve their skills

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03 June 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

It was great to get inspired to bake again - but so much to learn! Ken was full of stories and had mountains of experience. It was great to get our hands dirty, kneading and shaping the bread. I've practiced once at home since then and now I have more questions! Anyway I'm sure it takes a while before it all falls into place. Great recipe and enjoying the added extras - pizza dough and muffins. Thanks Ken & Ceres!



Thanks for the review Irina and glad to hear you enjoyed the workshop. You can always contact Ken via his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/breadbuildersmaldon/


30 May 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

There is no doubt that Ken is a leading craftsman in the art of baking. He is also great at communicating his knowledge in easy and well designed steps. And like any high skilled craftsmen, just watching him works will bring a smile to your face. While I gained a wonderful new perspective on baking sour dough bread, I only gave this four stars, because I needed more practice time. Listening and watching someone is helpful but as anyone knows, real skill comes from practice and there is no substitute. Perhaps because I was in a large group (11), we only had one chance to roll our loaf. Everyone failed and Ken rerolled the loaves for us. Obviously, we needed more opportunity for practice. I learnt so many things but hands on practice was quite minimal (we touched the dough 3 times in 7 hours) and I think it is necessary to have smaller group sizes (e.g. 8) so we get more chance to practice and bake multiple products ourselves. There are only 4 stoves at CERES so if each pair had one shelf this might work well.


30 May 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

Wonderfull day, very well organised. Was nourished with beautiful fresh organic produce and ingredients for the bread. Ken was a welth of knowledge making the process for home baking achievable. Tip for the day: buying toppings for pizza lunch at the Ceres grosser.

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