Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott




We all know that nothing smells better than home baked bread but have you ever baked your own? In this hands on workshop you will learn about all the techniques which govern sourdough bread baking in a domestic oven. You will make a variety of different breads and gain the skills and confidence to bake your own bread at home. Come bake bread plus enjoy your handmade pizzas for lunch! Everyone gets to take home bread and some leaven to get started with.

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a $10 discount. Enter "ceresmember" under "Booking Summary" during the checkout process.

Trainer Bio: Ken Hercott grew up on a wheat farm in the Mallee, Victoria. He started baking at home using flour milled on farm, then took his passion to the US to work under Master baker Richard Bourdon, alongside Chad Robertson. Returning to Austalia, he then worked with John Downes ( the legend of Australian sourdough) at Newrybar and then at the Natural Tucker Bakery. There he honed his skills using a wood fired oven. Ken’s passion for sourdough bread led him to Europe, where he baked and taught at Fattoria Barbialla Nuova, in Tuscany. Check out his facebook page

 *Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

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What you will learn
  • Make your own bread.
  • More about sourdough
  • Make your own handmade pizzas
What you will get
  • Handmade pizzas for lunch
  • Recipes
  • Your own bread to take home and some leaven

What to bring
  • Your favourite pizza toppings. CERES will provide the passata and cheese
  • One loaf sized tin ideally measuring 22cm long, 11cm, wide and 8cm high
  • A clean wide-mouthed glass jar to take home your leaven
  • Apron and two tea towels
What to wear

Enclosed footwear and long hair tied back.

Appropriate for

Beginners or those who want to improve their skills



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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17 July 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

Ken is very knowledgeable and passionate about bread, however paying paying such a large amount for the class, I had hoped to come out of the class with more hands on experience and feel confident in making my own bread at home. The majority of the day it’s hands off and watching Ken produce bread, you do twenty minutes of kneading and shape one loaf that then gets reshaped and that’s all. You get a near perfect product at the end of the class to take home but I would have preferred a dodgy product and have had my hands on more dough through the day.


03 July 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

The sourdough workshop was wonderful. I have tried for years off and on to make sour dough without success. Ken had lots of great tips and techniques and trouble shooting info. A very enjoyable, productive day.


03 June 2018 • Sourdough Bread Baking with Ken Hercott

It was great to get inspired to bake again - but so much to learn! Ken was full of stories and had mountains of experience. It was great to get our hands dirty, kneading and shaping the bread. I've practiced once at home since then and now I have more questions! Anyway I'm sure it takes a while before it all falls into place. Great recipe and enjoying the added extras - pizza dough and muffins. Thanks Ken & Ceres!



Thanks for the review Irina and glad to hear you enjoyed the workshop. You can always contact Ken via his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/breadbuildersmaldon/

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