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Category Icon Bring forth the sourdough!

I love sourdough… it is by far my favourite type of bread and so when I read that you can make it from scratch using a wild yeast starter made of literally flour and water I decided I needed to try.

Turns out it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.. it takes time and patience and even then could fail miserably. I started with good spirits, and following the starter recipe spent 5 days trying to create my starting point for the bread… sadly by Day 5 my starter smelt right but was not full of bubbles of carbon dioxide that would make it float in water.

Sourdough

Back to the drawing board, and as the Christmas Holidays landed I found I had the time to put into trying version two.

Look ma’ it floats!

Success!! This was a moment to savour.. the test piece floated in water and so I could move on to making a Leaven.

A leaven is basically a bit of the starter, mixed with more flour and water, you combine this with salt and more water and flour.

Now you want to have a morning free to potter about as you need to do small moments of folding every 30 mins six times and also give the bread periods of rest. In the end I left the loaf in the fridge ready to bake the next day.

Hot Hot Hot!

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The oven needs to be about 250 degrees for the initial baking. I used a casserole dish, because I was winging it. :) an hour or so later out comes what astonishingly looks remarkably like an actual loaf. I can confirm it also tasted pretty awesome too, very much looking forward to experimenting with baking in 2018.

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