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Red Beard Scotch Oven Sourdough
Red Beard Scotch Oven Sourdough
Wood-fired organic sourdough. Handmade in Trentham. Tel 03 5424 1002


WINNER OF... National Baking Industry Association's Baking Seal of Excellence Award; NBIA Environment Award;
RACV Victorian Tourism Minister's Encouragement Award; Hepburn Shire Sustainability Award




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Sourdough baking workshops

Monday or Tuesday by appointment with minimum 4 people.
A fun day out with foodie friends or a great team building experience!
Email info@redbeardbakery.com.au for group inquiries.

10.00 am to 4.30 pm on dates below. Bookings essential.
Workshops usually sell out, so payment ($300 per person) is required at time of booking.
To book, please contact Trentham Neighbourhood Centre:
T. 03 5424 1354

11 May 10 August 26 October
18 May 17 August 9 November
25 May 24 August 16 November
1 June 31 August 23 November
15 June 7 September 30 November
20 July 14 September 7 December
3 August 12 October 14 December


Who runs the workshops?
Brothers John and Al Reid, who co-founded RedBeard Bakery and have more than two decades of sourdough baking experience between them, take turns leading RedBeard’s workshops in traditional baking techniques.

Where are they held?
The workshops are held in our historic baking room at Trentham, Victoria.

What will I learn?
Workshops are hands-on, with participants shaping, baking and tasting sourdough bread. Workshops cover:

  • the difference between sourdough and ‘normal’ bread
  • a short history of baking and woodfired ovens
  • making your own sourdough starter culture (leaven)
  • using different types of flour and milling your own
  • mixing doughs
  • adding grains and fruits
  • shaping and proving loaves in tins, cloths and baskets and
  • cooling and storing bread.

What else is included?
You'll enjoy lunch, bottomless coffee and snacks from RedBeard café.
You'll take home the loaves you bake, your new leaven, a bag of organic flour, and a booklet including our special sourdough bread recipe and baking tips.
You'll also receive a 10% discount off any baking equipment, flour, etc, that you purchase on the day from our shop.


Loading the firebox
Loading the firebox

Making leaven from scratch
Making leaven from scratch
Learning the theory of sourdough fermentation
Learning the theory of fermentation
Learning to shape sourdough
Learning to shape sourdough loaves
Cutting the sourdough loaves
Cutting the sourdough loaves
Blonde sourdough loaves proving in linen
Sourdough loaves proving in linen
Loading the scotch oven
Loading the Scotch oven
Loading the scotch oven
Loading the Scotch oven
Unloading the scotch oven
Unloading the Scotch oven
The finished sourdough product
The finished product
Tasting the finished sourdough product
Tasting the finished product
Satisfied workshop participants
Workshop participants after the bake
Taking home the goodies
Taking home the sourdough goodies