"my first few weeks making sourdough"
This spring break we surprised the kids are went to London. This was their first “big” trip. While in England we enjoyed the sites (Windsor Castle, London Bridge, London Tower) and we also enjoyed the food!
The family especially enjoyed the fresh sourdough bread that was served everywhere. Upon returning home I was watching the series Cooked on Netflix by Michael Pollan. The third episode is entitled “Air” and is all about bread. Bread is to be made from water, wheat and salt, so after learning that the average American store bought bread is made up of an average of 30 ingredients, I ventured to make my own sourdough.
First was to make a sourdough starter, it takes 7 to 8 days to cultivate the yeast. My first recipe was pizza dough. This was not a success because the yeast was not quite ready. However the next day I tried a rustic sourdough loaf and it turned out beautifully.
Over the last few weeks, I have made Cinnamon Bread, sourdough muffins, rustic loaves, and pizza dough. What I have learned is that making bread is really not complicated when it comes to the ingredients. It does take a lot of patience and working out the timing to allow your dough to rise.
I have used instant yeast before but making your own sourdough starter provides the additional nutritional elements that you cannot get from instant yeast. The yeast needs time to grow and to break down the wheat, which cannot occur with instant yeast.
I have frozen a number of loaves so that I can pull out bread when we want it. I cut the loaves in half so I can pull out just enough to enjoy over a day or two.
I will continue to share my successes and failures in this new endeavor of bread making.