Baking bread has become so popular as it can be difficult to find in grocery stores during this time. Sourdough bread is a delicious, rustic choice that makes a great panini or can be served with creamy soups or with a fried egg. In the article Sourdough Bread: A Beginner's Guide from The Clever Carrot, the author explains how to bake your own sourdough bread at home. With just a few ingredients and a little patience, your kitchen will be filled with the delightful aroma of fresh-baked bread!
Think you can’t bake artisan sourdough at home? Think again! Sourdough Bread: a Beginner’s guide is your go-to resource for delicious, handcrafted bread without kneading. *Post updated in 2019 with helpful tips.
In 2013, my culinary resolution was to bake more bread.
I researched, tested, and baked countless loaves with both good and mixed results.
My journey began with this yeasted no-knead artisan bread and eventually, I worked my way up to the holy grail: Sourdough.
Sourdough bread is unique because it does not require commercial yeast in order to rise.
It’s made with a live fermented culture of flour and water, a sourdough starter, which acts as a natural leavening agent.
Sourdough is known for its characteristic flavor ranging from mild to strong, chewy texture, and crisp crust.
From a health standpoint, it dominates when compared to standard loaves. The naturally occurring acids and long fermentation help to break down the proteins and gluten, making it more digestible and easy for the body to absorb.
And it tastes darn good!
What You'll Learn
In this tutorial, I will attempt to explain the sourdough baking process based on my personal experience.
Over the years, I’ve adapted and changed my method until I found something unique to my baking preference and everyday schedule.
There is no kneading involved and you do not need a bread machine or a stand mixer (hooray!).
I widely credit my knowledge to the lovely Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial who initially inspired my sourdough journey.
And now, without further ado, I present the longest post ever (grab a cup of coffee!).
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