Niel Jonker

Online Sourdough course

First online baking class FREE

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The Sourdough Bread Making Experiences:

– FREE Online Baking intro

– Full Sourdough online course

-Apprenticeships in Bbos

NOTICE: Below is a description of what’s on offer – online and on site. Apprenticeships are now permitted under the new Covid regulation that now allows for work to resume, so I am very very pleased to announce that the big brick oven will be warm again!

This fun yet thorough workshop emphasizes the benefits of slow fermentation, wholegrain ingredients, and process consciousness.
An advanced understanding of bread-making’s core principles are covered while apprenticing in a fully functional artisan bake-house. Novices and experienced bakers are catered for equally.


Friday, Saturday 19,20 June – online Sourdough course.
Tuesday 23 June – FREE online class.
Friday, Saturday 26, 27 June – on site apprenticeship.
Friday, Saturday 24, 25 July 2020 -on site apprenticeship.
Tuesday 28 July – FREE Online class.
Saturday, Sunday 1,2 August – online sourdough course.
Friday, Saturday 28, 29 August 2020 -on site apprenticeship
Friday, Saturday 25, 26 September – on site apprenticeship.

Group bookings with alternative dates are considered gladly.

The venue is on my stoep in Baardskeerdersbos, a little hamlet about two hours from Cape Town. The brick oven (3x2m) on the stoep is generous, yet there is limited space in the bakehouse.

For apprenticeships the rate is R2500 and a 50% deposit is required at least 14 days in advance. The online Sourdough course costs R1200 with the first class FREE.
Bank details: Nedbank; Branch code 198765; Acc. No. 1626010331;
please email proof of payment to
Special rates are considered for those with a good story.

Upon confirmation you will receive notes that are best studied before the workshop, while practicing any basic baking.Bake simple recipes at home and experiment in order to benefit from and enjoy the workshop optimally. If you have taken part in some of my online classes or the Sourdough course, this will be a revision of that material plus learning about the wood-fired process and more hands-on experience while eating and having a good time out.

Confucius said :
‘I hear, and I forget
I see, and I remember
I do, and I understand.’

Those not wishing to rush off will not be disappointed by the many remote and unpopulated beaches of this unspoiled coastline.
Other nature-based experiences in the area over the weekend include hiking, trail runs, mountain biking, etc. as well as the Stanford and Elim wine routes (some may be temporarily closed).
Please note there is no ATM in the village. Petrol and diesel is available at the general dealer.

How to get there:

Drive the tarred R43 via Gansbaai. Don’t just trust Google maps that takes one on a seemingly endless (yet scenic) gravel route.

Accommodation (some may be temporarily closed):

In Baardskeerdersbos village, private self-catering cottages within walking distance from the Bakhuis:
Blue House, Maarten, 0726154661
Baardies, Rene 0836254294
Glamping, Raymondo 0826544552
Niel’s Camper, 0826517414

Near Baardskeerdersbos, safe and in nature, private self-catering units a short drive away:
Murasie, Leana 0723413822,
Platbos forest, Melissa 0824110448
De Uilenes, Stacy 028-3880551,
Witkrans Farm Accommodation (self catering) Buchu Cottage (sleeps 4) and Cone Bush Cottage (sleeps 6) Contact: Michelle 0824645115,
Doo-little Farm, Sally: 028-3880060,
Rusthof,, 0823007294,
Tierfontein rondawel, Liz ,083 306 8882,
Du Bois Werf huisie, 14km from Bbos, 0829266579 /

Guest houses:

Doornbosch Guest house and cottages, Heidi 0784475625
Farm 215, 028-3380920,

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