Sourdough Weekend Workshop Day 1
Updated: Sep 10, 2021
Being stuck in Lockdown (definitly for all the right reasons) doesn't have to be all 'doom and gloom' On a positive side, it's a great opportunity to learn a new skill and have great fun baking bread!
As part of Real Bread Aotearoa and the Real Bread Campaign's Sourdough September, Mad Hatter wanted to show you how to make a great Sourdough loaf at home 😀🎩 The commercially available stuff which claims to be sourdough, often contains many other additives and commercial yeast. However, what you are going to make, is the 'real deal' and definitely not 'sourfaux'
Proper Sourdough (Real Bread), should only contain 3 ingredients;
That's it .... simple and no nasty additives!
It's the oldest way of leavening bread and it's aromatic, delicious and full of flavour. More importantly, there is growing evidence to show that it may offer a number of nutritional and other health benefits ... which in this modern age of chemically laden and processed foods, can only be a good thing.
This can only be achieved through long fermentation of the dough, with a live sourdough starter - which is a culture of natural yeasts and lactic acid bacteria (good bugs!), that occur naturally on the surface of the grains, which are used to make flour.
To make your loaf, you will need;
500g white bread flour - but not self raising (which contains raising agents)
8g salt - sea salt is best, but use whatever you have
150g sourdough starter - make your own or use ours - Mad Hatter Sourdough Starter
300g warm water (approx 30°C)
In a bowl, dissolve and break up the sourdough starter in the warm water
Add the flour and salt
Mix together and knead the dough using your preferred method
Cover the dough and leave in a warm place to rest
Gently punch down the dough to release the trapped air
Remove from the bowl and shape the dough into a ball
Place dough into a proofing basket and cover (shower caps are awesome)
Leave to prove for about 2 hours at room temperature
Place in the refrigerator and leave overnight