Baking Artisan Breads
$490 per person
Our Fundamentals classes are designed to give home cooks a solid foundation of skills for everyday cooking and baking. They will build your confidence, equip you with techniques, and provide you with abundant inspiration in the kitchen.
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Know how to mix, shape, and bake Old World style breads in the French and Italian traditions
- Learn to work with pâte fermentée and biga pre-ferments
- Develop your bench skills for shaping and baking free-standing breads such as boules and bâtards
About This Class
Baking Artisan Breads is designed to help you build a foundational set of skills to both prepare and handle a variety of leavened doughs. Over the course of the three series, you will work with both commercial yeast and natural starters. These courses are designed to expand your technical knowledge of WHY bread baking works while improving HOW you develop, handle, and shape bread dough.
This class dives deep into the world of commercial learners and explores some of the incredible products that can be developed once you have more practice and knowledge under your belt.
This class will meet once a week over three consecutive weeks (please see meetup dates below to confirm).
Class Meetup Dates:
Mon. Aug 3rd: 8/2, 8/10, 8/17
Session One: Master Formula for Artisan Bread
You’ll learn the formula and techniques for a master dough for all artisan breads. Then, you’ll develop your bench skills as you transform that dough into baguettes, rolls, and knots. Make pâte fermentée for next week’s breads.
Session Two: Rustic French Breads
You will form and bake French Country and Olive & Rosemary Breads from the pâte fermentée. You’ll make biga, an Italian inspired starter, for a variation on pizza dough as well as Ciabatta.
Session Three: Rustic Italian Breads
You will use your biga pre-ferment to make Italian classics like Ciabatta and Potato & Roasted Garlic loaves. Wrap up the course making puffy-crusted biga-pizzas to enjoy for dinner.
- Wine included
- Light meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Suitable for vegetarians
- Three-session series
- Ages 18+
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
Michael Kalanty is an author and artisan baker. He speaks on craft bread baking at industry conferences and teaches professional classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. His professional artisan baking course is offered through the Pastry and Baking Program at the Art Institute in San Francisco.