JUNE 29, 2024: Rye Bread Techniques - Chnurzel Brot

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024

Time: 11a - 3p

Cost: $150 per person


For this class, culinary expert Katya Lyukum has adapted an Old-World style bread to highlight one of our favorite flavors around the mill - rye! Using her standard recipe for Chnurzel Brot - a twisty, whole-grain rye enhanced bread - she will teach you how to amp up those rye flavors with the help of a few specialty ingredients, and foundational bread techniques like increased hydration and "slap-and-fold" mixing styles to make the most out of freshly milled flavor.

During class, you will learn how to harness the flavors of stone-ground wheat and rye flours to achieve depth of flavor without sacrificing a light crumb texture. Using a high hydration formula, successive folding techniques, as well as controlling the temperature of your dough with a few simple tricks, you'll be able to achieve a soft and fluffy bread suitable for loaf-style and flatbread applications. Additionally, Katya will teach you how to curate spice blends and specialty ingredients like Red Malt (produced exclusively in Eastern Europe), Belgian D-180 syrup (typically used in brewing applications, and imbuing notes of toasty bread, dark stone fruit, and toffee), and a few select spices like fennel, caraway, and coriander to further enrich the flavor of this loaf, and many others! 

Expect to learn a lot about basic bread techniques, including how to identify key indicators for appropriate gluten development and fermentation levels, new mixing techniques, and some novel shaping methods. Bring an inquisitive nature and an open mind!

All levels welcome! 😉

Things to look forward to:
  • Have an opportunity to work with fresh flour, stone-ground right here at Barton Springs Mill
  • Learn how to deepen and enhance the flavors of freshly stone-ground rye
  • Master foundational bread mixing and shaping techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of hydration and gluten development in artisanal bread-making
  • Learn how to make Chnurzel Brot!
  • Tour the mill 
  • Purchase BSM products at an exclusive 15% discount

Class Policies:

By purchasing tickets to attend one of our classes, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to our Participant Class Policies and Media Release. Close-toed shoes and a head covering (such as a baseball cap) required for all classes.

TICKETS ARE FINAL SALE, NON-REFUNDABLE, and NON-TRANSFERRABLE TO OTHER CLASSES. You may transfer tickets to another person to attend in your place - simply have them check in under the original name used to purchase the ticket(s).

Touring our facility requires that all participants adhere to health guidelines - all touring participants (included in ticket) will be required to remove most jewelry and piercings, and wear a beard net (if applicable) and/or hair net. Close-toed shoes are required for entering any part of our facility. 

In keeping with low COVID risk level in Travis County, masks are optional and up to personal discretion for this class. 

In the event of class cancellation, we will email you to notify you of a canceled class.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Kathy Glur
Took my breadmaking to the next level!

I've been making my own bread for 5 years. I've made about 5 loaves of rye bread. I learned so much on this class that my delicious rye bread will be even better. The techniques learned here can be applied to any breadmaking. And Katya is a delight! Well done!!

I learned so much and had DELICIOUS bread

This class was loaded with information and hands on experience! I went with my dad -- he is an expert homemade bread maker and I have never created a dough of any kind from scratch -- we both learned so much from this class!

It was small enough to ask questions and get insight from the teacher, and large enough to have various differing perspectives during the class.

We also got a tour of the facility and learned how the mill process works!

It was really a great experience, and an excellent gift for someone who loves bread!

Great experience

Katya is a wealth of knowledge! She gave us so many tips and tricks and we left with our own loaves of beautiful rye bread.