Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
per single-entry ticket
Focaccia & schiacciata are two of the most beloved Italian flatbreads. While their dough components are similar, differences in hydration and technique yield different final products - focaccia tends to have a higher rise with a larger, more spongy crumb, while schiacciata is thinner with crispier edges and a pleasantly chewier texture. During this class, Hannah will walk you through the basic dough components of an Italian flatbread recipe and discuss where to make changes in the technique for focaccia or schiacciata results! The dough you make in this four-hour class will come out of the oven closer to a classic Tuscan or Florentine schiacciata, and you will learn how to replicate or change your process to suit your preferences in your home kitchen.
Focaccia & schiacciata are unique in the flatbread world in their application of brine and olive oil, which together create the experience of a crisped & luscious exterior, fluffy & bubbly interior, and delightfully salty bite. In class, Hannah will share the specific techniques that achieve these flatbreads' most crave-able qualities. You will get the chance to exercise your own creativity in choosing whether to incorporate whole wheat into your own class dough, with the option to go 100% whole wheat! We will discuss dough fermentation times, how to use different flours effectively (from '00' to whole wheat, these flatbreads are amenable to nearly all of BSM's stone-milled flours), and how to top your bread to create an *accented* or loaded flatbread! Hannah has a knack for making baking and cooking approachable, which means this class will leave you with a basic formula as well as the confidence to make your own creative choices in your home kitchen.
A little bit about your instructor, Hannah Casparian:
"Having traveled since the age of 18 months and then moving to Florence, Italy when I was 11, I’ve been excited and curious about flavors, food philosophy and food systems forever. While I was getting my pastry and baking degree at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), I began to realize how much I love nutrition and physiology. I became a registered dietitian after the CIA, and it has become my passion to live and bake in the intersection of delicious and nutritionally sound. Baking and cooking are at the center of a Venn diagram of community, environmental sustainability, physiology and creativity and I love to help people find joy and inspiration in that space."
Beginners are welcome, and encouraged to attend.
Things to look forward to:
- Have an opportunity to work with our own fresh flours, stone-milled right here at Barton Springs Mill
- Learn about whole wheat baking + nutrition from CIA graduate and registered dietician, Hannah Casparian
Learn how to make focaccia & schiacciata with a variety of BSM flours at home!
- Snack on everything you make in class while learning about bread science, kitchen skills, and flavor pairing from Hannah
- Take your fresh-baked flatbread home!
- Purchase BSM products at a special one-time 15% discount
By purchasing these class tickets, you acknowledge and agree to our Participant Class Policies and Media Release Form. Close-toed shoes and a head covering (such as a baseball cap) required for all classes.
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. Should COVID levels rise in the weeks/days leading up to class, we reserve the right to change our masking policy and will reach out via email with any updated guidelines. Should masks become a requirement for class based on statewide or countywide recommendations, non-masked participants will not be able to participate in mask-required classes. Refunds or ticket transfers are available for those who do not wish to attend a mask-required class.
Tickets are non-refundable, but transferrable up to 5 days before the class date.
In the event of class cancellation, we will email you to notify you of a canceled class.