Niel Jonker

Online Sourdough course

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The Sourdough Bread Making Experience – in Baardskeerdersbos

NOTICE: Recent workshops were cancelled due to the Covid-19 international emergency. Once permitted precautions such as social distancing and hand sanitation will be respected, etc.

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.

Workshop dates
Friday, Saturday 24, 25 January 2020
Friday, Saturday 28, 29 February 2020
Friday, Saturday 27, 28 March CANCELLED
Friday, Saturday 24, 25 April CANCELLED
Friday, Saturday 29, 30 May er.. maybe?
Friday, Saturday 26, 27 June who knows?

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.

The rate is R2500 and a 50% deposit is required at least 14 days in advance.
Bank details: Nedbank; Branch code 198765; Acc. No. 1626010331;
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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.

The first day starts at 08h00 with hands getting dirty immediately. Although we manage to fit in a pizza party, the baking has been known to continue into the night. On the second day we deliver bread to the village market where we meet at 09h00 before continuing the programme.
While the Friday is a baptism by fire it is on Saturday that you take ownership of your practice by making small s scale with household utensils. All in all, an immersive experience.

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.
Good meals are served at any one of the local pubs that are within walking distance.
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.


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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