Welcome to Blue Skies Bakehouse

Bake by the sea, and discover the world of fresh sourdough bread, baked at home.

We will teach you how to make your own sourdough bread in the comfort of my family home, nestled on the west of the Isle of Wight, just a short distance from the ferry in Yarmouth.  With secluded sandy beaches, stunning coastal paths, and breath-taking views, it’s popular with runners, walkers, and surfers, and the perfect place to escape from life!

Interest in Sourdough has grown in recent years, mainly due to its health benefits and our increased awareness of digestive problems such as IBS. Sourdough offers us a healthy alternative to the tasteless supermarket breads that leave us feeling bloated.

The principle of sourdough is that, instead of using dried, instant yeast, you use a wild yeast that you have grown yourself, made from flour and water, this sourdough starter acts differently on the grain to the bakers yeast.  Certainly, people who are intolerant to wheat seem to tolerate sourdough better, even although it does contain wheat!

Blue Skies Bakehouse was created from a simple passion for making sourdough, and a desire to get everyone enjoying its unique crunchy, tangy taste.

A Unique Sourdough Bread-Making Gift.

We’ve put together some of the key Sourdough bread making tools in a beautifully presented wicker hamper to help create the perfect loaf.

Our hampers include:

A cane banneton with the characteristic spiral pattern to prove your dough.

A wooden handled lame, with extra blades for the perfect cut.

A flexible dough scraper to work the dough.

An infrared thermometer to give you accurate non-contact readings.

Two bags of exceptional bread flour.

A bag of Blues Skies rice flour to coat your banneton.

A shower cap to protect your dough when proving and reduce single use plastics.

Your own wild yeast starter!

Price £60 free pick up from Blue Skies Bakehouse – Totland Isle of Wight.

Delivered to your door £5 (Isle of Wight only)

To order contact blueskiesbake@gmail.com

A Unique Sourdough Bread-Making Gift.

We offer two one-day courses;

Introduction to Sourdough

Which takes you from the very start of the process, through to shaping, scoring and baking your own bread.

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Next Steps in Sourdough

This course is designed for those who want to take their sourdough bread-making skills to the next level. You will produce and shape breads chosen specifically to explore the effects and varying demands of using different flours.  Our courses are small with a maximum of 4 students, all taught by Christine, who aside from having an impressive knowledge of sourdough, is an ex scientist, keen gardener, bee-keeper and and runner.

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A Typical ‘Introduction to Sourdough’ Day:

09.45 – Arrive at Blue Skies, make yourself at home, meet the host, and start the day with tea, coffee and fresh treats from the kitchen.

An introduction to sourdough starter, looking at how to keep your starter happy. Covering the basics, measuring and mixing a great dough. You will learn how to stretch and fold your dough, and leave it to prove in a pannibois.

You will roll and shape your pitta breads, which will be baked in time for your lunch around midday.  This will be served with home made houmous, and other local and seasonal produce.

After lunch you will learn what you can do with your discarded starter, with a demo on how to make delicious crumpets and pancakes. You will refresh your starter, ready to take home and use for your next bake.

You will score and bake a pre-prepared coarse golden loaf, made with flour from our beautiful island. There will be plenty of time to chat to fellow students and ask questions, as well as plenty of tea and coffee and sourdough cakes!

5pm – After a full day, its time to go home with your head buzzing with everything you have learnt, and all that you baked!  Be sure to bring a big bag for your goodies, which include a complimentary bag of locally produced flour, a dough scraper, a starter, recipes, and a pannibois. We offer on-line support to all our students, and are always keen to share your experiences with sourdough!

A typical ‘Next Steps in Sourdough’ day.

0945 – Arrive at Blue Skies, make yourself at home, meet the host, and start the day with tea, coffee and fresh treats from the kitchen.

To kick things off you’ll learn the difference between flours, and how they can affect the flavour, structure and volume of your sourdough.

You will go on to produce and shape decorated breads using a range of natural ingredients, seeds and nuts. There will be plenty of opportunity to put your folding, shaping, proving and baking skills into practice.

We will break for a tasty lunch around midday, based upon our homemade sourdough breads and served along with local and seasonal produce. Delicious cakes and refreshments are available throughout the day.

After lunch you will have the opportunity to create a selection of breads to take home including Rye, Ciabatta and a selection of seeded rolls.

Although this will be a busy day, there will be plenty of time to chat to fellow students and ask questions.

5pm – Its time to go home with everything you have baked, including a complimentary starter if you need one, recipes, and comprehensive online support to help you with any questions you may have.

* This is a typical example and may differ slightly.

Further Info

Our courses are run from my family home in West Wight, on the Isle of Wight.  Full address details will be provided once you have booked.

Sorry, we’re afraid our courses, at present are not suitable for those with coeliac disease, wheat intolerances, or nut allergies. However, we are looking into developing a gluten free course in the future!

Booking Info:  Price £110 full inclusive in advance via bacs.  Account: 00931386 Sort code: 11-05-57.

Cancellations, for a full refund 2 weeks+ notice is required. Any last minute cancellations (within 2 weeks of class date) full refund can only be offered if we can find a replacement. Otherwise a 50% refund will be offered. In the event we have to cancel a class we will contact you promptly offer a full refund or an alternative date.

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