Five-day Course at Fattoria degli Usignoli, Tuscany, Italy, May 2024

13th May 2024 - 17th May 2024
€2995(€500 Deposit)
Places Available


We return to Fattoria degli Usignoli for the 12th year for an intensive 5-day course of approximately 30 hours hands-on tuition. You will be making sourdough breads & breads using sourdough leaven plus a tiny amount of commercial yeast. Some of the sourdough breads you will making are Artisan Bread School’s French-style Pain de Campagne, New York-style Jewish Rye Sourdough, Semolina Sourdough, 100% Rye Sourdough, sourdough bagel, focaccia & ciabatta. Breads with spice, seeds, fruit & nut, olive oil, tomatoes, grapes, chocolate and absolutely plain.

The course will include:

  • Creating your own sourdough leaven and maintaining it
  • Working with sourdough leavens, fresh yeast & an overnight sponge
  • Fermentation, mixing, kneading, folding, shaping a loaf, proofing & retarding
  • Temperature and humidity control
  • Baking in a wood-fired oven, gas and electric ovens
  • Using different flours (we will be using Italian, English & Canadian flours)
  • The world of olive oil

The fee for the course at Fattoria degli Usignoli includes 5-days tuition, extensive course recipes and notes, all ingredients, 2 bannetons, 2 dough scrapers, a grignette to slash the dough, a digital thermometer, an apron embroidered with the Artisan Bread School logo, 5-nights accommodation as well as breakfast, lunch & dinner. You also take home the sourdough leaven you will have created, as well as any other leavens we will have been working with.