Courses by Motherdough

We are excited to bring you our courses from Motherdough "University", or as we like to call it Motherdough "U". 

These time-efficient course are offered in Cape Town and Sandton. We spend a full day in the kitchen learning together; getting a whole lot done!

See below for more information and to book.

Please select the course option and then view the JNB & CPT dates from the drop down menu. If space is available you can confirm and book immediately online. 

We have updated our course offering as we continually aim to improve the overall experience and knowledge transfer. We are excited to be able to share our natural fermentation knowledge with you on this exciting adventure. 

“Sourdough” isn’t a bread type, it’s a way of naturally leavening baked goods and almost everything leaven and baked can be made with a sourdough culture. Croissants, Rye, Ciabatta, Doughnuts, and even Hot Cross Buns, Rusks and Crumpets can be "sourdough."


Sourdough Masterclass 1.0

We have combined the best elements of the “7 Stages" course, and the Classic Sourdough course” into a new Masterclass course 1.0 for beginners and intermediate bakers. It is an excellent grounding from the beginning. 1.0 sets participants on a path to make great bread. The are no prerequisites for joining this course.

The course starts with the bare basics and continues into more detail and expands on the topics. The course condenses the 7 steps of sourdough baking from 36 hours into a 8/9 hour day. 

This is a great way to start your baking with natural fermentation, or get an overview and some tips on the process if you have already started sourdough baking. We cover the important technical aspects of your sourdough culture, fermentation, and all of the variables that go into producing a perfect loaf. 

The course focuses on Motherdough's Classic Sourdough Boule recipe from beginning to end and the Pane Cafone recipe which participants mix and take home to bake the following day. 

R1,400 per person. Lunch & Motherdough Culture Pack included. 9am to 5pm.

Sourdough Masterclass 2.0

For the 2.0 course, we have again taken the best elements from different intermediate courses to create a day of learning that will broaden both knowledge and technical skill with your sourdough baking. 

It will also be an opportunity to refresh and revisit some of the key outputs of the 1.0 course and your existing knowledge. In this course, we will tackle an enriched dough sweet bread, a rye / barley bread and revisit the classic Motherdough sourdough boule in a light rye version. 

Baking with rye, barley & other low gluten flours or doughs containing lots of sugar and fat is challenging because of the technical limitations of getting structure into the dough. We will cover baking breads with these ingredients, mixing the dough, fermenting, shaping, proving and the final bake to the end product. 

As a prerequisite for this course you should have some experience with sourdough baking, specifically understanding the fundamentals of the process, structure of recipes and maintaining a starter. 

For this course we will use the Motherdough low gluten culture, Bruna and our 101-year old wheat culture, Alfonsina. 

R1,600 per person - 9am to 5pm. Lunch & Motherdough cultures to take home are included.

In addition to the above courses, we also offer other full day courses:

Sourdough Pasta Workshop

Sourdough Tagliatelle and Cappelletti, and the 4 base sauces in the Italian kitchen (with secrets from Nonna) 

R1,600 per person - 9am to 5pm. Lunch is included.

Desserts Masterclass 1 – Italian Favourites

Tiramisù, Panna Cotta + coulis, Semifreddo al Torrone (Frozen nougat)

R1,600 per person - 9am to 5pm. Lunch is included.

Desserts Masterclass 2 – Death by Chocolate

Sourdough brownies, Chocolate mousse, Mirror glaze - put together as a show-stopping cake. 

R1,600 per person - 9am to 5pm. Lunch is included.

To check availability, please visit the course specific page on our website and select the date in the drop-down menu.

Please download the latest course calendar for the dates of each course. Click here to download. 

Should you require any assistance or have any queries, please email



Motherdough Homeschool - a Masterclass in the comfort of your own home.

If you would like to arrange a Masterclass at home with friends and family, we can agree a date and come to you! We will bring the necessary tools and some equipment, as well as all the ingredients. You just provide the kitchen and arrange the participants. 

We are based in Cape Town, but if booked well in advance, we can plan to offer a homeschool in JNB or PTA when we are in town for a standard class series. 

Base cost: R4,200 for 3 people (min), plus R900 for each additional person up to a maximum of 6 people.

Please contact us if you would like to arrange a homeschool with Motherdough U. or use the contact form. 

Bookings, Confirmation & Cancellations

We require booking and payment via our online system to confirm your registration. We understand that these are uncertain time and we would like to be as flexible as possible with our cancellation and rebooking terms. 

We will offer a full refund on the course booking if cancelled within 14 days, for shorter periods we will offer a date change or a voucher to use on our store. For date changes within 48 hours of the course start, a rebooking fee of R500 will be charged to change your date.  

If we are able to fill your space with someone on the waiting list, you will have the option to change your date, ask for a voucher or get a full refund. We will also accommodate participant name changes up to the day of the course.


Sourdough Masterclass 1.0

R 1,400

Sourdough Masterclass 2.0

R 1,600

Sourdough Pasta Workshop

R 1,600

Desserts Masterclass 1 & 2

R 1,600