Bread Classes

Sourdough Breads at Marine Mills Folk School

Saturday, October 5 - with Bryce Johnson

9 AM to 1 PM at Christ Lutheran Church , 150 5th St, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Slow down, get your hands messy, have some fun and learn the benefits of sourdough baking. The class will feature all steps of the sourdough baking process: sourdough culture maintenance and levain preparation, dough handling and shaping, as well as the final proof and how to bake in a home oven. You will leave with a better understanding of sourdough, a bit of starter, a couple loaves of bread and dough to bake at home.

• Intergenerational Age: 10+, each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $50/person; plus $10 for materials

To sign up click here


Praying with Bread

October 12th, 9 AM to 1 PM - with Bryce & Jody Johnson

There is a God given rhythm to life which must be honored.  It is like bread making, which has a rhythm of work and rest.  It is at the heart of our spiritual lives, action and solitude. This is a hands-on bread making class interspersed with time for the Spirit to rise within through contemplative prayer.

Where: Christos Center for Spiritual Formation, 1212 Holly Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55038

Cost: $45

Information and Registration


Focaccia at White Bear Center for the Arts

Monday, October 14th - with Bryce Johnson & Ross Safford

6 PM to 8:30 PM at White Bear Center for the Arts , 4971 Long Avenue , White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Learn how to make focaccia, the quintessential Italian flatbread: a light dough topped with herbs and tomatoes with a touch of olive oil. We’ll plan to make both a traditional focaccia dough and a potato based dough. This is a hands-on class: mixing and stretching dough, assembling and baking in the WBCA wood-fired oven. We’ll partake of your creations with a little wine and beer during the class and we’ll send you home with dough to bake at home.

Cost: $50/person; plus $10 for materials

For more information or to register go to: wbca@whitebeararts.org or call 651.407.0597


Holiday Bread at Marine Mills Folk School

Saturday, November 16th - with Bryce Johnson

9 AM to 1 PM at Christ Lutheran Church , 150 5th St, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

You’ll be ready for the holidays with some delicious breads. We’ll make Cardamom Bread and Pain d’Epices. The Cardamom is a delicately flavored yeasted bread. You’ll discover multiple ways to use this versatile dough, and get in some good hand work braiding the dough. The Pain d’Epice is a rye spice bread, the heartiest holiday quick bread you’ve ever had. You’ll take home a loaf of each, plus some cardamom dough to bake at home.

• Intergenerational Age: 10+, each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $50/person; plus $10 for materials

To sign up click here****


Bryce Johnson is a retired pastor. In 2010, he guided the White Bear Lake United Methodist Church to build a community bread oven.  In retirement he has been making and selling bread at Farmers Markets and through his Community Supported Bakery.

Ross Safford is a professionally trained chef and former full-time baker. He uses humor, story-telling, and his vast experience to make bread making simple and fun.

Jody Johnson is a retired psychotherapist and certified Centering Prayer instructor.


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To learn more, contact Bryce Johnson:

bryce@companionbreads.com | 651-269-4158