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.
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