Thursday, 3 March 2011
I started my sourdough starter nearly two weeks ago, and the week between making the starter and making the bread made me really impatient!
I love sourdough bread, it keeps really well and has a really distinctive taste.
I used the recipe from River Cottage to make my bread, using 100ml of my starter (which I fed again once I had taken some out for bread). You have to make a 'sponge' first and leave it to ferment overnight. This bit is a bit nerve wracking first time because it is then if you find out if your starter will ferment - luckily the morning after I was greeted with a nice bubbly bowl of sponge.
Once worked into a dough and proved all day it baked to a lovely big loaf. I think the only mistake I made was getting a bit carried away with making sure I had a nice crisp crust. I poured water into the tray a few times during cooking so the crust was really thick, not so great the day after, but good straight out the oven.
Next time I will fill up one tray of water and leave it at that.
I am looking forward to making some more bread next week. I have also seen a recipe for sourdough pancakes which sounds interesting!
I made a simple tomato soup to go with our sourdough which I topped with cheese and grilled. Yum!