Rachael over at Intricate Simplicity told us about her sourdough bread today. I have also been baking sourdough recipes. I’ve made sourdough breads, pizza bases and even cookies. If you’ve never tried sourdough bread, don’t be put off by the sound of it. I was at first… just think normal home made bread without commercially made yeast. Tastes better though! We always chomp into it hot from the oven with butter.
Here’s a recipe (not my original)
SOURDOUGH BREAD2 cups sourdough starter 2 tbsp butter 1/2 cup milk 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 3 cups white flour
Melt butter over moderate heat, add milk and warm. Add sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Add this mixture to starter in a large bowl and mix well. Add flour 1 cup at a time mixing well. Spoon batter into a loaf tin (or form dough with hands into a loaf and place on a baking tray). Allow to rise 1-2 hours. Bake in preheated oven at 180C for 45 minutes.
I get the best results when the starter is freshly ‘proofed’ which just means removed from fridge and fed (1 cup flour, 1 cup warm water) and left until very frothy. It gets a sweetish yeasty alcohol like smell. I usually do this at night and leave out overnight before baking. Don’t forget to feed your started after baking so that you always have a couple of cups fermenting away. I’ve also made this with added ground linseed, and it worked well.
There’s something really lovely about sourdough baking… when I made pizza bases, the house smelt like a real Pizza shop. (Is it ‘smelled’ or ‘smelt’?) It would have been easier to say “when I make pizza bases, the house smells like a pizza shop.” but I’m going to leave it now because maybe someone will be able to correct my grammar! (And I am going to teach my kids grammar???)
Here’s a pic of my starter nice and frothy…