BBC Good Food Masterclass online – Sourdough

Learn how to make sourdough bread brilliantly every time – sign up to our online masterclass. Discover insider tips and tricks for the perfect loaf.

Sourdough bread loaves with scoring

Want to know how to get the perfect crust each time? Need an expert to answer your questions about the perfect starter? Help is at hand. Join our online masterclass – Success with Sourdough – on Friday 3 July at noon, to learn everything you need to know to get great results when you bake your own bread.

Our Success with Sourdough Masterclass costs just £10. It will be collected as $12.25, with payment taken in dollars on this occasion via our payment provider Stripe. Once purchased, you'll receive a link to the webinar and an email reminder the day before the class. Book your place now

What’s in the Masterclass?

Barney Desmazery demonstrates how to make the perfect loaf every time. This hour-long Success with Sourdough webcast will explain in detail, every stage of the process, so you can be sure you’re using the best techniques, and look forward to great results guaranteed. It will cover:

  • Explanation of natural yeasts
  • Essential equipment
  • Flour
  • Starters
  • Hydration
  • Stretching and folding
  • Scoring
  • The casserole method

Your Masterclass host

Led by an expert tutor, our shows and skills editor Barney Desmazery, will share his years of cooking and baking experience and answer your sourdough questions in a live Q&A session. Barney has led many live courses for BBC Good Food and is bringing his skills to you online, so you can learn from the comfort of your own home.

Your Masterclass itinerary

Sourdough loaf with scoring pattern
Friday 3 July 2020, 12 noon (British Summer Time)
Sourdough expert Barney will lead a 45-minute online presentation explaining how to achieve sourdough success.
Barney will invite your questions for a live Q&A session for 15 minutes after the presentation.

The webinar will not be in the format of a cook-along. If you're planning on making sourdough for the first time, then you can start following the recipe for a sourdough starter before the course.

How to book

Our Success with Sourdough Masterclass costs just £10. It will be collected as $12.25, with payment taken in dollars on this occasion via our payment provider Stripe. Click here to book now. The webinar can be viewed on any device, although we would recommend a laptop or computer rather than a phone.

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Get more advice from Barney

To get a taster of the masterclass and get more information and advice from Barney, check out our weekday live Q&As on the BBC Good Food Instagram page. 

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Comments, questions and tips

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6th Jul, 2020
Really enjoyed the video good excellent presentation and demonstrations
6th Jul, 2020
Recipe for levain states 1 tbsp of starter with 100g of flour 100g of water leave for 8 hours. The video shows more than 1tbsp of starter going into bowl but doesn't confirm quantity and states to leave the levain for 1 hour. Bit confused can you clarify
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Barney Good Food
7th Jul, 2020
Hi, The levain in the video was already made and active and we used the 200g stated in the recipe . To make a levain you only need 1 tbsp of active starter OR you can simply use 200g of the starter if it's lively. Let me know if you have any more questions or we'll be live on Instagram at 3pm today answering sourdough questions. Thanks, Barney
3rd Jul, 2020
If we cant make it today, can we download to watch at a later date?
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Brian King
26th Jun, 2020
Will the masterclass be focused on the knead or no-knead approach to making sourdough? I've tried both approaches but really only had success with the no-knead approach, so would like to get better at that.
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Barney Good Food
7th Jul, 2020
Hi Brian, The Good Food method of making sourdough in no-knead. Sorry for the late response. Barney
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6th Jul, 2020
Hi Brian, I think you should have access for this week now? Lulu
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Barney Good Food
29th Jun, 2020
Hi Brian, This is all about the no knead (autolease) method that bakes in a casserole dish. Let me know if you have any further questions. All the best, Barney
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