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THERE IS SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT SOURDOUGH, GIVE IT A CHANCE AND THERE’LL BE NO REGRETS
Sourdough is increasing in popularity, more and more people talk about it and have it.
It’s the independent, high street bakeries making and selling it. You can even find it in some supermarkets.
But most importantly more and more people choose to make it at home, and this is amazing.
Making your own sourdough bread at home comes with so many benefits, it’s so easy to get hooked.
- it’s REAL bread, no additives, no sugar
- 100% control over what goes into it
- choosing your favourite flour and tweaking flavour to your liking
- increased digestibility and lower glycemic index to yeasted bread
- cheaper than a loaf you can buy in your local bakery
- the sourdough bread making process is a therapeutic one (especially once you get it going)
- we can have our small contribution to reducing the amount of plastic that goes to waste
- nothing quite compares to a freshly baked loaf
There might be many other reasons, but I will let you discover those on the go.
I’D LOVE TO GIVE SOURDOUGH A GO, BUT I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START
First, you need a sourdough starter; this will be your leavening agent, replacing the commercial yeast.
There are two ways to go about it.
🌾The easy way: ask a local bakery to give you some or just buy one, you might find some options on the internet.
Getting a starter ready to use takes off the pressure of making it work and the frustration of failures. This way you can get straight into sourdough baking.
🌾Or you can make your own sourdough starter from scratch. You just need 2 simple ingredients, flour and water and some patience.
Making a sourdough starter from scratch is possibly the most challenging aspect of sourdough baking. But also the most rewarding. If you’re up for the challenge, get some bread or rye flour, a scale, and a jar with lid and you’re ready to go!
There is no full proof recipe that guarantees success, as each sourdough starter will develop in its own way & time. It can take anything from as little as 4-5 days to more than 2 weeks, depending mainly on the flour you use and the ambient temperature.
To help you make this happen, I have written a Sourdough starter guidebook, where I am not only sharing the step by step process & schedule for making your own sourdough culture, but also talk about variations and adjustments. I rather focus on the signs you should be after, how a starter might develop from one day to another, and what one should do next to increase the chances of success. This is all based on my experiences of making a starter from scratch.
Other than how to make a starter from scratch, the guidebook also covers lots of tips & tricks on how to maintain and care for a healthy sourdough starter.
Sourdough starter guide£8.00
I’VE TRIED MAKING A SOURDOUGH STARTER FROM SCRATCH, BUT NO SUCCESS
Making a starter from scratch can sometimes be a challenging & frustrating process, often keeping you away from making your own bread at home. Not anymore, now that I am here to help.
I am offering a 14 days one to one coaching program, with daily one on one support & advice at every step.
MY STARTER SEEMS READY NOW, AND I WANT TO MAKE MY FIRST LOAF
For your first loaves, you might want to keep it simple. You want to get it going and make decent bread, full of flavour. Focus on this, you can improve on the go.
A straight forward recipe & schedule, alongside a good explanation of each of the steps in the process is what will set you up for success.
With this in mind, I have written the Sourdough bread making guide, where I am sharing my always go to recipe & schedule. I’ve been using this since I started sourdough baking, and never failed.
Understanding the importance of each step in the process, but also how to make adjustments are key to constant great results, so this guidebook contains the learnings I’ve gathered in the past 3 years of sourdough baking at home. It also covers more than 20 troubleshooting questions & answers, questions I have received from my community over time.
Sourdough bread guide£8.00
I DON’T WANT TO INVEST IN ANY TOOLS/ACCESORIES BEFORE I KNOW I ENJOY MAKING SOURDOUGH
And that’s totally fine, I would do the same if I were you.
The bare minimum in my view to get you started.
- A kitchen scale (a great addition to any kitchen anyways)
- A jar ideally with lid, for your starter
- A bowl/sieve and a kitchen towel (for the dough proofing)
- A scraper, your life saver for dough handling
- A blade for scoring
There are some items which you might have in your kitchen regardless, and could be useful to bread making
- If you have a small silicone spatula, use that to stir the starter. If not, just use a spoon – totally fine
- A dutch oven / iron cast pan / pyrex or clay dish, with a lid. If large enough, you can use these for baking
- A baking stone/steel (useful in case you do not own a dish with lid for baking
Here is a full list of homebaker’s tools, both MUST HAVES and NICE TO HAVE, alongside some suggestions too.
JOINING A LIVE CLASS IS WHAT HELPS YOU MOST LEARNING A NEW SKILL?
Join one of my SOURDOUGH BAKING CLASS, will chat everything about the bread making process and also demystify the sourdough starter
Looking for something else, get in touch and will take it from there 🙂