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Series II: Sourdough, Whole Grains and Alternative Grains

August 30, 2021 @ 7:00 am - September 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

In this series, the selection of breads becomes more diverse. Different styles of sourdough are incorporated into daily production. You will learn how sourdough starters are elaborated from scratch and how to maintain them on day to day basis. Factors affecting starter characteristics are explained, such as hydration, fermentation temperature and feeding schedules. Understanding these topics will help you create your own sourdough bread with desired characteristics.
The retarding technique is introduced in this series as a new concept. This is a very important concept to know when you are in a bakery production. You will learn the pros and cons of different styles of retarding, using both yeasted and naturally leavened doughs. The first half of this week includes hands-on production of country bread, olive bread, raisin walnut bread, ciabatta with poolish, and many other favorites.
The next topic covered in this week is baking with whole grain flour, primarily focusing on whole wheat flour. Breads made with different percentage of whole wheat flour are compared, and the discussion covers how to apply whole grain flours in natural and yeasted preferments and in final formulas. You will be producing multigrain, 100% whole wheat sourdoughs, among others.
The second half of this series focuses on working with specialty flours, including alternative grains such as Kamut® and spelt, gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, millet and teff. A variety of breads will be baked every day, including Kamut® baguette, pear-buckwheat bread, and teff with sunflower seeds. You will also work with a selection of German style rye breads with different percentages of rye flour, including two castle rye and volkornbrot.
The last day of this series is the practical exam to review what you have learned in the bread series.

Aug 30- Sep 10, 2020 $2,490

Please send your resume to contact@sfbi.com to register the class.  

Due to the new policy by the health department, please wear a face mask, and keep 6 feet apart from other people. We will check the temperature every morning when you come into the building.

The class will begin at 7:30 AM on Monday morning and at 7:00 AM after Monday. We will have breakfast pastries and Lunch box ready for you 30 minutes before class starts. (if you have any special diet please let us know in advance) We also welcome you to bring your own drink. Let us know if you have any questions feel free to contact: CustomerService@sfbi.com

Please note our cancellation policy.
Any notice of cancellation or transfers must be made in writing.
• More than 6 weeks prior to the course start date, Deposits will be reimbursed in full, minus a $45 cancellation fee o Transfers will be made at no charge; transferred deposits are non-refundable.
• Less than 6-3 weeks prior to the course start date: If canceling, the original deposit is non-refundable. If transferring classes, a $100 penalty fee will be subtracted from the deposit and the remaining deposit will be applied to the transferred class to reserve a spot. Transferred deposits are non-refundable.
• 2 weeks or less before the course start date Deposits are non-refundable No transfer will be granted.
• In the unlikely event of instructor illness or insufficient enrollment, SFBI will notify students by phone or email at least 10 business days before the scheduled start of a canceled class. In this case, students will receive a full refund of their tuition payment or may apply unused funds toward an alternate class. SFBI is not responsible for any hotel or airline fees that may incur in case of a canceled class. We recommend contacting SFBI to confirm enrollment before booking a trip to San Francisco.

Course Materials
Listed below are the items you must bring to class.
•Pens or pencils. You will use these to take notes in the classroom and the lab.
•Permanent marker. This piece of “equipment” is invaluable in the labs.
•Hair restraint. For safety and sanitation, you must restrain your hair if it’s long.

•Closed-toe, comfortable shoes. Your shoes must be closed for safety. They should be comfortable enough to stand in all day.
•For safety, your pants must cover your entire legs. For your comfort, we recommend breathable pants. Checked chef’s pants are popular because they don’t show flour spills or stains.
•White chef’s coat. This is optional item. We strongly recommend chef’s coats because they look professional and protect your body and clothing. Most importantly, they keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot.
We suggest that you dress in layers. Your chef’s coat (optional), with a t-shirt for your base layer and a long-sleeved shirt for warmth, should keep you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot. You may want to bring a sweatshirt or fleece for the mornings.

There is parking at our location.
The address of SFBI is:
525 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080


August 30, 2021 @ 7:00 am
September 10, 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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525 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080 United States
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