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.


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.


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


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.

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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