A lesson in patience

A few weeks ago Louisa posted that she was making sourdough. I hounded her relentlessly on Twitter about the process and she inspired me to try it myself.

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I knew it was going to take time, you have to create a starter (a mix of flour and water that creates a natural yeast) and that it would take at least a week for it to be ready. I didn’t realise that actually making the bread would take almost an entire day (PSA: read the recipe from start to finish before you begin), because the yeast is not instant it takes much longer for the dough to proof (rise) than normal bread.

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Starter

So, yup, not only did I learn how to make sourdough, I got a healthy lesson in patience.

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I have to say, the time it took was well worth it. My bread was delicious, especially with a big bowl of homemade chicken soup!

First up: How to make a starter

[yumprint-recipe id=’19’]Now for the bread recipe.

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Crispy crust, yummy bread

I wanted something really simple to start with and I found a recipe on BBCGoodFood that looked like it fit the bill. I think my recipe still needs some tweaking but it was delish!

[yumprint-recipe id=’20’]All photos by Paul

10 Replies to “A lesson in patience”

      1. It’s so versatile. It works plain, with pasta, cheese, soup or just butter with a bit of balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

        At one stage, Amelia and I were eating toast with home made chilli spread on, it’s quite addictive. 🙂

        Something else I quite enjoy is bread with home made basil pesto and thinly sliced cherry tomatoes, soaked in balsamic vinegar.

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