Beginner's Artisan Sourdough Bread Workshop

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Picture Credit Heena Punwani

Nestled in the by lanes of Brittona , N. Goa , overlooking the peaceful flow of the Mandovi river back waters and lush mangroves in a big yellow Portuguese house, resides the Wizard of Sourdough himself …Sujit Sumitran , my friend / fellow food lover and propogater of the ‘ simple but rich’ life . His love and passion for the not so humble Sourdough Bread has to be experienced only first hand to understand the depth of madness. It’s an 8 hour process. His teaching method is impeccable and in a world of ‘jhat phat’ and instant gratitude, where you come out worse for wear, this is the secret. He teaches you the slow , loving, natural way to bake bread. Nothing is more fulfilling then baking your own bread , the aromas are exhilarating and he teaches you to do it right. My advice to anyone wanting to do something for themselves and themselves only ….go to the ‘Bread Whisperer ‘! You will not only do yourself a big favour, but imagine the kudos and bragging rights you will get from family and friends.
Best experience ever. HIC! – thanks to Sujit. BURP! – thanks to Sudha …..but for that ?…. You are going to have to join the class. – Kimmy Sheorey

Artisan Sourdough bread – handmade, healthy, crusty loaves, made with a natural starter and time as an ingredient – the way bread was made thousands of years ago. Bread, in which flavour rules and speed isn’t prioritised over nutrition. If you’re a bread lover, nothing beats the flavor and chewy texture of home made, sourdough bread. And the aroma and flavour of a warm, freshly baked loaf, right from your oven will make you trash the commercial crap that you’ve been eating as bread.

The hands-on workshop is facilitated by Sujit Sumitran, a self taught, artisan baker who bakes with easily available Indian ingredients. But wait – this is more than a workshop, it essentially is an idyllic Goan day spent with like-minded souls, unhurriedly making bread while gazing at the river flowing across the street and chomping on a simple home-cooked meal, that money can’t buy. The only thing that’s missing is a siesta, but then with like minded company – it would be difficult to catch a few winks, when the conversation is all about changing the world – one bake at a time. 🙂

Venue: House # 337, Bonsulo Waddo, Penha de Franca, Near Corporation Bank, Brittona, Goa

Date: Alternate Sunday’s (normally).

Timings 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
9 am Light Breakfast
2 pm Home made veg / non veg lunch
4 pm Refreshments

Seat cost: Rs.5,000/- (Rs. 4,250/- during off-season – from March to October)

Limited seats on a first come first serve basis, on advance booking only. Small batches – max 7.

Rescheduling requests will be considered upto 7 days before the event basis availability of seats in a future class. No last minute cancellations please.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the following:

1) Rustic Sourdough Bread – you will go through the entire process, from scaling -weighing ingredients, mixing, developing dough, fermenting, shaping, proving, scoring and baking your own loaf, – which you will eventually take home with you, after it cools down.

2) Starters – how to get peak performance from your wild yeast starter and nurture it for baking all your favourites like pizza, traditional rustic loaves, etc.

3) Herbed Sourdough Crackers – these can be made out of the left over starter that you will have to discard every time you feed your starter.

4) Recipe discussions around Panzanella and Bread Pudding – if you’re in the mood to really work while most are chilling.:)

There will be lots of open discussions around sourdough bread baking and while Sujit will demonstrate bread baking in a simple electric oven, you will have your bread baked in a wood-fired oven. At the end of the day, along with your loaf and a live starter, you’ll go home with the knowledge and confidence to bake your own sourdough bread.

Warning – this class could kick off a long term sourdough addiction!

What you take away:

1) A live starter, that you can use to bake bread at home in the future.

2) Recipe’s for a basic, rustic sourdough bread, sourdough crackers, panzanella and caramel bread pudding.

3) An unforgettable day of serious play with lots of learning and laughter.

Some pictures from earlier workshops:

Basics of Sourdough.

Picture Credit Heena Punwani

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Measuring & Mixing

Picture Credit Helen Seth

Developing the dough

Picture Credit Heena Punwani

Lunch Bread Class 2

Picture Credit Siddharth Sumitran

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Shaping the dough

Picture Credit Helen Seth

Scoring the dough

Picture Credit Siddharth Sumitran

Getting the wood-fired oven ready for baking bread.

Picture Credit Heena Punwani

Happy Bakers with their sourdough loaves.

Picture Credits Sudha Sumitran

63 thoughts on “Beginner's Artisan Sourdough Bread Workshop

    1. Apologies. Missed the date. It’s the 1st of May. Next Sunday. Don’t just wish. Make it happen. 🙂 See you soon?

      1. Will plan and confirm by EOD tmrw. Hope that’s ok. Do recommend a place to stay that’s near to the workshop venue, so I’ll fly in the night before and be on time for the workshop, but can also leave after the workshop to the airport directly.

    1. Hi Sonya,

      Plan to run these every month. So, catch the announcements, here or on fb. Looking forward to seeing you and breaking bread with you in person. Ta.

    1. Hi Isa,

      I’m currently struggling with demand outstripping supply. I want to keep the class small (4-5 people) to ensure attention to all. I’m adding you to the list and will be announcing another class soon. Makes sense?

  1. Hi Sujit!
    As you can see, I am definitely keen to learn about making sourdough bread. Please can you add me to the wait list to attend one of your workshops – obviously, the sooner the better but I understand that they are in high demand.

    Thanks in anticipation!

    1. Hi Julia,

      I will reach out to you soon with the next date so that you can pre-book a seat. Thanks and really looking forward to meeting you in person. Soon. Ta.

        1. Am I confused? Have you moved the date from June 19th to July 2nd or is July 2nd the next workshop after July 2nd?

          1. Just to clarify – the workshop on June 19th has now been moved to July 3rd and the timings have changed from 8:00 to 17:00 to 8:30 to 17:30. Is this correct?

          2. Apologies Julia. Responded on your gmail id too. Your seat for June 19th is confirmed. This was for the first July workshop and that’s sold out too. Apologies again. See you soon. Ta.

          3. Hey Julia – 19th is just around the corner and I’ll have to send you directions and instructions for the workshop. Please email me your mobile number. I’ve also sent you a fb friend request. See you soon and Ta.

  2. Hi,I am very much interested in learning the sourdough bread making process.I am currently residing at Wuppertal,Germany.I am a part of Indian Artisan Bread in FB.Kindly help

    1. Hi Priya,

      I run workshops but they’re only in Goa as of now. You’re really far far away. How would you like me to help you?

      1. I wanted to have a step by step process methodology for doing the sourdough bread.With a lowest possible volumes of ingredients.Does it need to be baked only a Dutch oven.Or a normal OTG is sufficient.
        I have been making the yeast breads.My account in FB is Priya Crunchy Delights.
        Really impressed by you website.

        1. Hi Priya,

          1) You’ll need to get a starter going first. Please look online for simple recipes for making a healthy starter. You should eb ready in a week. Alternately, check if there are any sourdough bakers in your vicinity and request them to give you some starter.
          2) Look up Tartine Book # 1 or Josey Baker Bread. These are fairly detailed and simple book that you can learn from.
          3) A DO is advisable if you want the advantage of steam baking.This goes inside your OTG. If you don’t have a DO, baking in a regular OTG is also good. The oven rise won’t be as dramatic though.

          Thanks for the kind words.

  3. Hi , my friend and I would love to be part of the workshop. Please do let me know when an opening pops up.

    PS: for some reason this query got posted in another post. Sorry about that 🙂

  4. Hello! I’d love to be a part of your workshop in July ! Could you please fill me in on the details so I could book??

  5. Hi! I’ve seen so much for your work Sujit, on Heena’s and Shriya’s accounts, please tell me you have something available for the 4th weekend of August, or am I already too late? Looking forward to hearing from you! 🙂

    1. Hi Flavia,

      Apologies for the delayed response. There has been a deluge and I’m coping – but not complaining. 🙂 4th week of August? The earliest one is now 4th of September as the 4th week of August workshops (28th & 29th) are happening in Bangalore.

      1. Hi! That’s okay 🙂 September and October will be difficult; is the schedule for November already ready? If yes, please pen me in for the second workshop of November!

        1. Hi Flavia,

          November is far away and I normally plan my dates about 6 weeks in advance. So, will you please reach out whenever you’re planning a trip to Goa? In any case, I will keep you in the loop when November dates are finalised. Ta.

  6. Hi I just found out about your workshop and would like to join whenever there is an opening, can I be added to the waiting list?

    1. Hi Heather,

      Are you from Goa? If yes, there is a slot available for the workshop on 31st July. Else, its possible on 14th August. Let me know? – Sujit

      1. Hi Sujit I just saw your reply now, I do live in Goa. I can make it the 31st definitely but will take next available date if I’m too late replying.

        1. Heather,

          The 31st workshop isn’t happening as another couple wanted to get they Lab along and our 16 year old Ginger can’t stand the sight of any of her cousins around. 🙂 So, the earlier is now 14th August for the bread workshop and 6th August of confirmed for Sudha’s Kerala Specials.Looking forward to meeting you in person. Ta.

  7. Hi Sujith!

    I’ve read about the great experiences people have had through your Bread Baking workshops. I would love to learn and better my bread baking skills. I’m based out of Bangalore and wanted to check availability for your August workshops (28th & 29th). Looking forward to hear from you! 🙂 -Tej

    1. Thank you for your response Sujith!

      I’ll look forward to the announcement of your next workshop in Bangalore. 🙂


  8. Hi ! This class sounds awesome. Are you still conducting these classes ? I’d love to join whenever you have a next batch.

    1. Hi Ipshita,

      Apologies for the delayed response. Just got back last evening from the Bangalore workshops. Where do you live? I have a last minute cancellation for the workshop scheduled for this sunday – 4th September. Game? – Sujit

  9. Hi I really want to learn about bread making and I an visiting Goa from 23sept to 16 oct will you be conducting any workshops during this time ? I would love to participate!
    Thanks u

  10. Hi Sujit,

    I would love to join a workshop if you are doing one in January 2017 there a place where you post the dates of upcoming workshops?

  11. hi Sujit
    I would love to join one of your workshops. would you have any coming up, over the next couple of months?

    1. Hi Deepak,

      Thanks for reaching out and apologies for the delayed response. Was away with limited connectivity. The April workshops are on 9th and 23rd in Goa – as always. Game?

      1. hi
        i am so sorry, i somehow missed your reply till now!!! if you still have space available, would love to join the 9th April workshop!
        best regards

  12. Hi Sujit !
    Good morning. Wanted to find out about your sour dough class , when are you planning to have the next one and also the fee and the duration of the class . I’m interested in attending this . What all would you be teaching and will you be explaining how to make the starter or will we be using ready starter . I already bake breads , but this class looks interesting. Will be coming from Mumbai . Please let me know where in Goa will the class be as will have to make my bookings accordingly.
    Ritu .

  13. Hey Sujit,
    Do you still have open slots (3 of them) for 11th June?
    If yes can you send me the registration link?


    1. Hi Jesal,

      Thanks for reaching out and my apologies. I dont do workshops outside Goa. I’ve tried it once and wasn’t happy with the infra-stricture and back end support.

      Best – Sujit

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