Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome & Course Overview

  • 02

    Why Rye & Why Whole Grain?

    • The rich history of rye and rye breads

    • Why rye, why wholegrain and why sourdough

    • Bread-making with rye: The low down - part 1 - introduction

    • Bread-making with rye: The low down - part 2 - comparison

    • Bread-making with rye: The low down - part 3 - the bottom line

    • In pictures! Bread-making with rye v. bread-making with wheat

    • Sourcing your flour, grinding grain and storing rye

  • 03

    How To Make & Maintain a Rye Sourdough Starter

    • Get ready for this module!

    • What is a sourdough starter and why use wholegrain rye?

    • The equipment you'll need

    • In pictures! Downloadable starter creation and maintenance graphic.

    • How to create a rye sourdough starter

    • How to maintain a rye sourdough starter

    • Rye sourdough starter FAQs

  • 04

    The Breads: Equipment & What To Expect

  • 05

    Everyday Rye Sourdough Bread

  • 06

    Russian Borodinsky-Style Rye Sourdough Bread

  • 07

    Ways to Use Your Sourdough Discard

  • 08

    Where now? Inspiration, Thank You & A Gift!

    • Where next with your rye sourdough bread?

    • Thank you & a gift for you!

    • More inspiration & help

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Rye Sourdough Bread: Mastering The Basics

Rye is an ancient grain packed with a rich, deep flavor that has a long history of being used to make bread. It's low in gluten and brought to life in sourdough loaves, making an exciting, tasty, and healthy alternative to wheat. In Rye Sourdough Bread: Mastering The Basics, Alison will show you everything you need to know to create delicious, nutritious 100% wholegrain rye sourdough bread in your own kitchen, whether you are a complete beginner or a seasoned baker. You'll learn why rye is a wonderful flour for sourdough starters, and she'll walk you, step-by-step, through creating your own. Then, armed with this starter, she'll show you how to create a rye bread you can make and eat daily along with a more adventurous Russian-style rye loaf. She'll even share with you ways in which you can use your sourdough discard to create even more rye deliciousness!
Sourdough rye bread avocado toast

You will learn

Over 240 minutes of step-by-step video, plus photos and printable instructions

  • Why rye is such a great choice for sourdough bread, including its health benefits and history

  • How to create a 100% wholegrain rye starter from scratch and how to easily maintain this starter, no matter how often you bake

  • How to create a reliable, delicious everyday wholegrain rye sourdough bread

  • How to use more advanced techniques to create a Russian-style wholegrain rye sourdough bread

  • How to use your sourdough discard, including recipes for wholegrain rye pancakes and spice bread

Meet your instructor

Instructor Bio:

Alison Kay creates foods that enhance our biome, community and environment, working from her kitchen near Florence, Italy. She’s the founder of Ancestral Kitchen, where she shares traditional food wisdom, fermentation and joyful eating in a practical and easily-accessible way. You can find her at, on Instagram @ancestral_kitchen or on your podcast app by searching for Ancestral Kitchen Podcast.

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