How to Bake Sourdough Bread

How to Bake Sourdough Bread: Mastering the Art at the Historic Arnott Bakehouse

Sourdough bread, with its rich history and complex flavour profile, has captured the hearts of bread enthusiasts all around the world. However, there’s more to it than just mixing flour, water, and salt. Learning how to bake sourdough bread requires knowledge, technique, and a touch of artistry. 

What better way to learn than at the home to a slice of classic Australian history, the Historic Arnott Bakehouse?

For an unforgettable experience

Your hosts, Allie, a Master of Food Microbiology, and Stephen Arnott, a sourdough master baker, form a dynamic duo. With a rich family history in baking and detailed knowledge of food fermentations, you’ll dive into the fascinating science of sourdough.

Our classes are set in the same spot where William Arnott, Stephen’s great, great, great grandfather, and the founder of Arnott’s Biscuits, baked back in the 1860s. There’s no other place that offers the charm, history, and expertise that you’ll find here.

Learning how to bake sourdough bread

Join us for a delightful day of kneading, shaping, and baking. Here’s a sneak peek at what you’ll learn:

  • You’ll create and maintain your own sourdough starter, the foundation of any loaf
  • You’ll learn how to mix and knead the ingredients to achieve the perfect consistency
  • You’ll master the art of fermentation and learn how to shape your loaf
  • Finally, you’ll bake your loaf to perfection, and take home Arnott’s sourdough culture, fermented dough, recipes, methods, prep notes, and plenty of fond memories

Classes are small, ensuring maximum engagement, and we even offer private group bookings for a minimum of 4 people. For detailed class timings, prices, and booking, please refer here.

Learning how to bake sourdough bread is just the beginning

Are you ready to master the art of sourdough bread baking? Our classes at the Historic Arnott Bakehouse offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn how to bake sourdough bread in a place riched in national history. With expert guidance, intimate classes, and a connection to Australia’s rich baking heritage, this experience is not to be missed.

Our passion, expertise, history, and unique setting make us a must-visit destination. But the Historic Arnott Bakehouse offers more than just a lesson in how to bake sourdough bread. You’ll take home Arnott’s sourdough culture, fermented dough, recipes, methods, and memories that will last a lifetime.

In addition to learning the ropes, you’ll experience an enriching connection to Australia’s culinary past. Our ancestors, including the famous William Arnott, have left a mark on the nation’s food landscape.

How to Bake Sourdough Bread

After you’ve learned how to bake sourdough bread, why not stay for the night?

If you’d like to make a weekend of it, the William Arnott Boutique Hotel offers luxury accommodation in Morpeth to suit every configuration of guests. We can sleep up to twelve people with the Family Assorted option. For couples and smaller groups, you have the choice between the Monte Carlo Penthouse or the VoVo Suite. If you’re a solo traveller, our SAO Studio is perfect for you.

We are only too happy to help in any way we can. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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