Leeds Bread Co-op Sourdough Baking Class
Want to learn how to make your very own sourdough? Then we have just the thing for you!
In this class you will be making our classic white sourdough and seeded sourdough, as well as sourdough pizza for lunch! Designed to show how the techniques and processes used in a professional bakery can be applied at home, you will get hands-on experience mixing, shaping, scoring and baking as well as learning all about the science behind sourdough from our expert bakers.
As well as getting to take home all the bread you bake during the day, you will also get to take home your very own starter and, we hope, the knowledge and experience to be able to start making your very own sourdough at home.
This class is suitable for all abilities – from beginners to those with plenty of home baking experience!
About your tutor
This class is led by Ben Mills, an experienced baker and educator, who has worked with us here at Leeds Bread Co-op for over four years. Alongside another of our lovely bakers, Ben will show you how to cultivate and use wild yeast to make sourdough bread, how to handle and shape wet doughs, judge the proof of shaped dough and how to bake a beautiful loaf of bread. As well as baking bread commercially, Ben also uses bread, dough, grain, and all things floury, in visual and community art projects around the UK.
*Please note the bakery is a peanut-free site. We are also glass and ceramic-free for health and safety reason*
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Where to find us?
Our address is Unit 11, Penraevon Trading Estate, Leeds LS7 2AW. We’re just off Meanwood Road, in between Buslingthorpe Road and Sackville Street. Our closest bus stop is Buslingthorpe Green, which is on the 781 bus line. The 51 and 52 both also stop nearby on Meanwood Road.
What time should I arrive?
Please aim to arrive around 15 minutes before the class starts, we'll be here ready to greet you with the kettle on!
Are the bakery and classes accessible?
The course is delivered around the central bench of our working bakery. The bench is approximately 94cm from the floor to the top of the work bench. You would normally need to stand for most of the day, however we do have two tall chairs available if you have any concerns around standing for the duration of the class. Please let us know when booking in the accessibity needs section.
The doorway to the bakery has one small step that measure approximately 3cm on the threshold. If you need completely step-free access or if if additional space is required we are, however, more than happy to open our large shutter. There are no dedicated disabled parking spaces on the Penraevon Estate but please feel free to park directly in from of the bakery on the forecourt, if space is available. If you are unable to park on the forecourt, there is dropped kerb access on the pavement to the front of the bakery. Please note that the bakery is illuminated using strip lighting.
Where can I park?
Parking is available opposite the bakery and throughout the Industrial Estate. Please do not park on the bakery forecourt as we require access for our bakery vans, and please be mindful not to block the entrances to our neighbouring businesses.
Is lunch provided?
Lunch and refreshments are provided - please let us know about any dietary requirements on your booking.
How does the tiered pricing work?
We want to ensure that our classes are accessible to a diverse range of people and recognise that one person’s financial situation will differ from another. So that money is less of a barrier to participating, we offer a tiered pricing structure and ask that you select the price appropriate for your personal circumstances.
We offer two concessionary places per class, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Concessionary rate is available to people not in employment, people in receipt of Universal Credit, DLA, PIP, or a State Pension.
We offer up to two discounted places for students per class, available on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to claim a 20% student discount please choose the 'Tiered Pricing (income under £16,000 per year)' ticket and enter the promo code STUDENT. You will be required to present your student card/ID when you arrive at the bakery and will be charged the additional cost if you are not able to. Please note: the code will no longer work once the two student places have been filled.
Please note that, in this spirit of accessibility, our concessionary rates and tiered pricing are intended to be based on the circumstances of the person purchasing the tickets if that is not the person who is actually attending the class.
Can I buy a place as a gift for someone else?
Yes of course! Please just pay for the class as normal and tick the box to indicate the purchase is a gift. You will be asked for some additional information about the recipient and will receive a pdf ticket that you can forward on or print out for them (please note that this ticket will be in the name of the purchaser and will include the price). Alternatively you can purchase a Gift Card when you check out and you will receive a hand designed card confirming a place in the class, posted out to the billing address provided on your order.
What's the refund policy if I can't attend?
We are happy to refund your ticket in full with a minimum of 30 days notice. We will also provide a full refund if we are able to fill your place from our waiting list for the class, if applicable. Alternatively, we are more than happy for you to transfer your ticket to someone else but you will need to sort out the financial aspect between yourselves.
You are also able to transfer your ticket to an alternative date, with at least 14 days notice subject to availability.
You are able to cancel or transfer via your eventbrite account, alternatively give us a call on 0113 2625155 or email email@example.com.
What if the course is cancelled?
We reserve the right to cancel the course for any reason, for example if there are insufficient bookings. We will give you as much notice as we possibly can, and if we do have to cancel we will issue a full refund. Unfortunately we are unable to automatically transfer you onto another class but we will let you know if there are any forthcoming dates available you are able to book on to.