baking artisan breads

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+


Covid Policy

All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.

We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

Do I need to eat before class?

You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 


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