I love eating sourdough bread but making it had always been a mystery! I recently teamed up with Janice Bell of Bread at Home to learn how to make the perfect loaf.
Our Soups and Sourdough day was great fun with Janice teaching the bread and myself teaching a variety of homemade soups to compliment the bread.
Sourdough is the older traditional way of making bread and was widely used before yeast was manufactured. It is actually a lot easier as there is less kneading involved – it’s just a question of working out what time you would like your bread cooked and working backwards in stages.
Sourdough starter is mixed with water and flour to make a sponge this is left over night and mixed with water, flour and some salt to create a very soft dough. Working the gluten involves giving the dough a really good stretch!
When the dough is fully proved turn onto a tray, slash and bake in a hot oven.
I’m looking forward to baking sourdough on a regular basis for B and B guests. If you are interested in learning how to make sourdough or other sorts of bread please get in touch with myself or Janice for course details. http://www.ourlizzy.com http://breadmakingworkshops.co.uk/