Are you curious about sourdough? Want to learn how to bake this healthful bread? Sourdough expert Chaya Suri Leitner, of Spice and Zest, has created a course that will turn you into a master. Start now and you could be baking beautiful bread in time for Yom Tov!
About seven years ago, Chaya Suri Leitner saw a photo of a beautiful loaf of bread with the caption “Sourdough.”
“I needed to make that bread! I considered it a challenge and I like a challenge. I started researching and Googling, but there wasn’t so much information out there. I began experimenting on my own based on the bits and pieces of information I had found. I tried and failed and tried again and failed.”
But during her research into this unique method of baking bread, Chaya Suri also learned that baking sourdough was about more than simply learning how to make bread. Sourdough was also a health solution.
“When I read that sourdough was actually healthy, my determination to succeed intensified. I read what one mom wrote about how switching to sourdough had helped her family’s health. Her experiences seemed similar to mine. At the time, my son had been suffering constantly from strep, and other members of the family were experiencing other painful ailments. So, I decided to change my family’s diet as a way to help. I knew sourdough could be an answer because it’s a fermented food. Wheat does have good vitamins and minerals, but our bodies are busy breaking down the gluten, so the vitamins and minerals aren’t absorbed. In sourdough, the gluten is already broken down, so the body absorbs the good stuff right away and gets rid of the junk.”
Chaya Suri was adamant to get it right.
“And I promised myself, I will help people be able to bake sourdough bread right away.”
And Now She’s Filling That Promise
About four years ago, a woman reached out to Chaya Suri on Instagram “I heard you make sourdough. Can you teach me? I’m gluten intolerant.” (Although sourdough bread is not gluten-free, many with gluten intolerances can tolerate it). (Learn more sourdough and gluten intolerances on the post about the health benefits of sourdough here).
That’s when Chaya Suri saw the huge demand. There were so many others who wanted to learn what she had taught herself over a period of a few years.
“I was hesitant, but then I took the plunge and hosted my very first sourdough workshop over four years ago. I created a process that allows me to keep it simple and prevent the typical overwhelming feelings that arise when faced with lots of new and detailed information.”
Today, after teaching over a thousand students through her live workshops, Chaya Suri has launched The Sourdough Institute, the ultimate sourdough baking course. This takes it to the next level! The Sourdough Institute course is held online. There’s no need to travel anywhere and you can take the course anywhere at anytime…on your schedule.
“The response has been amazing. People have told me they’ve tried and tried to make it, they’ve even watched YouTube videos and read books, but nothing made the process so clear like this course has. I break it down week by week, so they really master each part of the process,” Chaya Suri tells me.
About The Sourdough Institute
The course typically takes 4-5 weeks, and participants learn each step of sourdough making through a series of videos that break down the process step by step. Each week is devoted to mastering another aspect of sourdough making, from creating a starter to maintaining, feeding, and troubleshooting the starter, to baking beautiful bread and other items. You’ll really learn how to deeply understand and master this baking art.
**Special Bonus Offer** Get some of Chaya Suri’s starter and be baking bread even quicker (U.S. participants only). Find out how here.
Chaya Suri also holds live Q&A sessions, where participants can ask anything. Can’t make a Q&A session? No problem. All sessions are recorded so you can watch it later, and if you have questions, you can submit them in advance. Plus, The Sourdough Institute has an online community forum exclusive to participants in the course, so you can ask questions and discuss and share ideas. They can also download recipes for things like challah, different breads, crackers, waffles, and more, resources, timesheets, and access a whole library of FAQs.
“Once you understand it, you can also create your own recipes and I explain how to do it.”
How to sign up
Registration for each cycle of The Sourdough Institute’s courses is only open for a period of 2 weeks (the course is only offered a few times per year) so that each group of participants can start at the same time and learn at the same pace. Support is focused on the group of new students taking the course.
Registration for the next session is open from NOW through September 8th. Be baking bread in time for Yom Tov!
Sign up here!