Baking with Rye - A Sourdough Immersion Workshop


When:Sunday, August 27, 2023 from 10 AM until 3:30 PM  
Where:In-Person Class at Brot Bakehouse School and Kitchen     
38 Meade Rd. Fairfax, VT 05454
Level:All levels 
Costs:$155 per person 
Instructor:Heike Meyer (see bio in "About") 

Every year we offer a special day-long workshop about the might little rye; an underappreciated, hardy and incredible flavorful grain - and it became one of our most popular classes!

Baking with rye can sometimes be challenging: It calls for different methods, techniques and handling of the dough. In this class we explore  a variety of flavorful, rustic breads and pastries made with rye. You will also learn century-old methods of using a starter culture (sourdough) to get the best results. After you learn about the principles of baking with rye we will get our hands in the dough and take our knowledge into action when making a rye bread from start to finish.

Breads we make, taste and discuss in the class include: German Rye, Kräuterbrot (a distinct alpine bread made with the addition of bread spices), Sprouted Grain Bread and a tasting of some funky Nordic breads and a surprising pastry. Offered as a special day-long workshop.


Topics discussed in this class include:

  • Starting, maintaining, refreshing and looking after your sourdough starter
  • Principles of baking with rye
  • Variables affecting the fermentation
  • Factors affecting crumb structure and texture
  • Understanding shaping & scoring techniques of bread baking
  • Baking in different ovens
  • Baking with different flour types and local flours
  • Tips for making rye pastries
  • Health benefits and nutrition & digestibility of sourdough bread and rye specifically

Costs per person (includes all materials, refreshments and a sensory bread tasting): $155

More information on class reading suggestions and home preparation will come at the beginning of August. 

This is one of our most popular classes- please register early. Any questions please email us.

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Cancellation Policy

Please be aware of our class & cancellation policy:

Full Payment is due upon registering for a class. 

We understand that there will be circumstances whereby you will need to cancel your course or change the date. Given two weeks or more notice we are happy to offer a full refund.  If you need to cancel last minute - one week or less of the class date -  a full refund will be offered if we can refill your booking. Otherwise no refund can be issued, but we can offer a class credit; valid for 3 years.

No refund if you need to cancel less than 24 hours before class date.


COVID-19 Pandemic Notes:

As we return to in-person classes we will place the safety and well-being of all class attendees first. We always follow the rules and guidelines of the Vermont Department of Health when holding our classes. At this time there are no restrictions or mandates in place, but in order to protect our health and those of our students we ask all class participants and teachers to be fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus by the time they take a class. 

Although not mandatory at this time we encourage wearing a protective face mask when being indoors.

We can provide face masks should you prefer to wear one during class. 

With the nature of a pandemic in mind these rules and guidelines can change and any time, so please make sure to check back in before class for the latest updates. We reserve the right to cancel any class should it be deemed necessary. In this case, a full refund will be given. Our goal is to ensure everyone can have a safe and pleasant experience baking with us, especially in these challenging times. Thank you for your consideration and for taking care of our shared human communities.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns before signing up!