If you follow me on social media you’ll know that I made sourdough bread at the weekend, as did my friends Charles and Jo. Charles’s loaf was made from my sourdough starter (using apple) in the traditional way, and Jo’s was made from her own starter (using grapes) in the breadmaker. I blogged about making my starter here: Sourdough Experiment.
I was quite convinced my bread was not going to work. The reason for this was that my 2 blobs of dough looked a bit like pancakes after their second round of proving. Undeterred, I decided to just re-shape them and throw them in the oven. To my surprise, after 30/40 minutes… I had bread! They weren’t the fluffiest, best looking loaves in the world, but they did rise. They could have benefited from being cooked a bit longer. I’ve learnt loads for my next attempt!
Charles and I chat more about sourdough in the latest episode of the iMake podcast, Episode 58 – So Hipster. I am sure Charles will blog about his bread making soon over at The Potting Shed; Jo has already blogged about hers on Clinging to a Rock.
If you are interested in making your own sourdough, I used a Paul Hollywood recipe for the starter and the loaves, you’ll find Amazon links to the recipe book at the end of this post.
My starter, ready for action:
Sourdough ready for the first round of proving:
Sourdough split and ready for the second round of proving:
My first finished loaf: