#1 Sourdough Bread Baking 101

Sourdough Bread Baking for the Beginner. Learn to bake your first loaf of real sourdough bread in your own home oven.

Course Summary

Tired of baking bricks when everyone else is baking super gorgeous bread with a holey crumb and crispy crust?
This is the sourdough baking course you need if you are just starting out in sourdough bread baking. In my other courses, I teach how to bake all sorts of sourdough breads, but in this course, I won't load you down with lots of information, just enough so it is easy and fun to bake your first loaf of sourdough.
Then, once you've taken a basic white sourdough loaf, steaming hot, out of your own oven, you will be ready to move on to more complex formulas.

There are only two sourdough bread formulas in this course. I call them "First Loaf" and "Second Loaf." We will follow the easy step by step directions of the process together. The first loaf is easy. It is a round boule with a lower hydration dough, which means it is not too wet or sticky. The second loaf is a high hydration dough and is a batard or French style loaf. Working together, I will show you how to handle a wet, sticky dough.

This course is for BEGINNERS who have no idea of how to bake with sourdough or those who have tried and stumbled. I have eleven years of experience teaching the newbie sourdough baker, so come on! Let's have some fun! You know want to!
This course would make an excellent gift for the aspiring baker in your family circle, whether an older baker or a young new baker.
Some skills you will learn:

  1. How to make and care for your own sourdough starter
  2. Why it's important to weigh ingredients.
  3. Gathering some basic baking equipment
  4. Shaping, scoring and baking the dough.
  5. What to do after you've baked your first loaf... hint (bake your second loaf!)
  6. Bake a loaf of real sourdough bread and amaze your family and friends.
  7. Know what an autolyse is and why it is used in bread baking.
  8. How to mix and fold dough a gentle method of developing gluten which does not entail kneading.
  9. Have an easy method of baking with steam in your own home oven.
  10. Know how to shape a boule (round loaf) and a batard (long oval loaf).
  11. How to handle sticky, wet dough.
  12. Why a long cool ferment is beneficial as a baking technique.
  13. See how to clean, store and use a banneton.
  14. What to use if you don't have a banneton and what a banneton is used for.
  15. How to make your own sourdough starter, step by step.
  16. What hydration means in baking terms.
  17. You will see how to bake, slice and eat a freshly baked slice of bread ( you will need help with this skill) ;)
  18. Understand baker's lingo, learn some bread history, understand how to measure ingredients.

Course Curriculum

Teresa Greenway

Teresa loves teaching serious home bakers, how to bake real sourdough bread! She worked at two different bakeries besides baking at home for over 40 years. Thirteen years ago, she built a business (Northwest Sourdough) around teaching others how to bake real sourdough at home. She published a four volume book called, "Discovering Sourdough," "Extreme Fermentation" and also, "Make Your Own Sourdough Starter." Teresa also published her memoir titled: "Reach for Joy," under the pseudonym, TL Reys.

Her Bread Recipes and Formulas from her books and blog have been featured on TV and spread all around the world through online forums, her active Facebook group, Perfect Sourdough, Youtube channel and her site, Northwest Sourdough.

Northwest Sourdough is featured in the resource section of Peter Reinhart's book," Artisan Breads Every Day." Teresa was also one of the photographers for "The Grain Gathering" in it's early years when it was called, "Kneading Conference West." She has been featured in numerous articles, magazines and interviews. She was selected as one of the top ten Udemy instructors in 2015 and now has ten sourdough baking courses on Udemy.

Most of all, Teresa loves to see YOU pull a crispy, crusty, holey sourdough loaf from your own oven! Yes, you can learn to bake the best bread in the world!

John Smith


Highly Recommended Course. Easy to Understand, Informative, Very Well Organized. The Course is Full of Practical and Valuable for Anyone who wants to Enhance their Skills. Really Enjoyed it. Thank you!!

Course Pricing

  • One time payment
  • $19.99 USD

    One time payment with life time access