Today is traditionally known as April Fool’s Day, but more importantly (to bread bakers at least), it’s National Sourdough Bread Day. National Sourdough Bread Day is a great way to celebrate breads made with ‘wild yeast’. Although most people associate sourdough with the ‘sour’ breads made in San Francisco, sourdough bread doesn’t have to be sour – unless of course, you want it to be.
I wanted to use my apple starter in a special bread recipe, but the starter had been sitting in the refrigerator since the beginning of November. It hadn’t been fed so it was rather acidic. Normally, when I feed my Apple Starter, I pour off part of the hooch (the liquid stuff at the top), stir it down, and discard all but 250 grams. Then
Flexible, fermented, and fun! That’s how I would describe these Spelt Sourdough Loaves with Popped Amaranth and Potato. They are flexible due to the timing as well as the ingredients. I started the process Thursday night, but didn’t finish the bread until Sunday afternoon. In addition, I was able to easily adapt the ingredients and the method to suit my schedule and taste. It’s fermented
Since I’m focusing on Sourdough this month, I decided now would be a good time to revive and repurpose two of the sourdough starters that I’ve been neglecting. I’ve been using my Apple Starter exclusively for the past several months and hadn’t even fed the other two starters. They were begging for my attention. So I gave it to them. My first experiment was to
It took me awhile, but I’m becoming a fan of rye, particularly rye breads made with sourdough. There are many advantages to using sourdough in rye breads. Besides providing good leavening ability, sourdough provides the benefits of good eating quality, increased nutrition, and good keeping quality. What’s not to like about that! I didn’t have an appreciation for the complexity of rye until recently. Rye