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The Sourdough School

The Sourdough School is dedicated to offering affordable, ethical and inspirational bakery courses.

Founded by Vanessa Kimbell, author of cookbook Prepped, food blogger and BBC radio presenter, the school is situated in rural Northamptonshire.

Vanessa teaches just four or five people at a time, which means the sessions are informal and relaxed, and there is plenty of time to devote to each student. “My philosophy at Sourdough is to have time to chat and to learn. A warm, friendly, relaxed environment is the best place to absorb new sourdough baking skills, and that’s exactly what my kitchen-classroom offers. In my book, bakery courses should be fun. You will  learn plenty of new skills in a day, but also make new friends and laugh a lot.”

Sourdough students have access to a wonderful Victorian kitchen garden where they can pick fresh herbs and heritage vegetables, while Vanessa’s chickens provide fresh eggs.

“Too often cooking is prescriptive and stressful,” says Vanessa. “I love to show people just how practical and cost-effective it is to bring the kitchen, the garden and local ingredients together to create delicious breads that you will bake again when you get home.”

Member offer:

Free copy of Vanessa’s cookbook Prepped when you attend a course at Sourdough. Please mention you are a member when you book your course on 07813 308 301 and show your card on arrival.

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Pitsford village, Northamptonshire
07813 308 301

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  1. Avatar SALLY FORDYCE says:

    Vanessa runs a variety of courses from her home in a purpose built annexe that makes you feel as if you are in a French kitchen and you can go along whether you are an absolute beginner who wants to learn how to start making sourdough or more advanced and want to learn new techniques. I have been on a couple of her courses now and the latest was hosted by a guest international baker. There are never more than ten on a course so you get the opportunity to really learn and it is a very hands-on day – you will come away with lots of lovely breads and a pot of sourdough starter. Vanessa is very generous with her knowledge and you learn so much – it is also easy to ask questions to help you to bake delicious bread of your own. There is lots of food to eat throughout the day – samples of bakes and Vanessa also provides a lovely lunch of local products. Your journey doesn’t stop when you go home either – you will become a member of the Sourdough Students’ Club where you can continue to get help and support from Vanessa and other students and also have access to recipes. I can’t recommend the courses highly enough so take a look at her website and book yourself onto one soon – you won’t regret it.


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