Welcome to Motherdough "U"


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

These time-efficient course are offered in Cape Town and Sandton.

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.


“Sourdough” isn’t a bread type, it’s a way of naturally leavening baked goods and almost everything baked can be made with a sourdough culture.


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 ground from the beginning and sets participants on a path to make great bread. The are no prerquisites 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 a 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.

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

Desserts Masterclass 1 – Italian Favourites

Desserts Masterclass 2 – Death by Chocolate

For more information, please visit http://courses.motherdough.co.za 

You can click on the BOOK NOW buttons to see available dates in the dropdown menu. Or click here for "Courses" section in our online store. To check availability, please visit the course specific page on our website and select the date in the drop-down menu.

You can also download our course calendar here by clicking here. 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 care@motherdough.co.za



We also offer a Homeschool option!

The Homeschool is a great option for a private training session in your own kitchen at home, using your equipment. We will also assess what equipment you have and if there's something needed that you don't have we'll bring it along. The base cost is for 2 people, and group size is limited to up to 8 people in total. 

Base cost: R2,900 for 1-2 people, plus R700 for each additional person. Max 8 people. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a homeschool with Motherdough U. Use the form below or write to us care@motherdough.co.za.




    Your safety

    In order to respect the current problems related to COVID-19, we are limiting total participation to 6 people for Sandton courses, 4 people for Woodstock courses (March 2021), and 8 people in Cape Town CBD (April 2021). COVID protocols are observed, masks are required when not at your workstation. Food safe surface disinfectants, hand sanitisers and handsoap are available. 

    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 are committed to being as flexible as possible with our cancellation and rebooking terms. 

    We will offer a full refund on the course booking if cancelled within 7 days, for shorter periods we will offer a date change or a voucher to use on our store. 

    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 before of the course. 

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