We are getting excited about Sourdough September again. Sourdough September draws attention to the making of good bread, without additives or preservatives. Members of Real Bread Ireland are giving away starter and hosting events around the country to celebrate the best in bread. It aims to get people into the habit of baking or buying wholesome bread, bread that is not only good for you but tastes so much better too. Real bread, in its purest form, is bread made without the use of processing aids or any other artificial additive.
Sourdough is bread made from the simplest ingredients – just flour, water and salt. When the dough is left to ferment it produces the cultures that make the bread rise naturally.
The flavour of sourdough varies from place to place and person to person. Things such as the amount of water in the starter, the method used, the length of the fermentation periods and the temperature and humidity, all contribute to the microbiology of the sourdough. This makes it sound complicated but in reality, to quote the founder of the Real bread movement in the UK, sourdough is:
‘One of the oldest yet simplest, tastiest and most nutritious breads you can make, sourdough needs only flour, water, salt – and a little time.’ Andrew Whitley
Call into the Bretzel bakery shop and café in Lennox Street for your free starter with instructions on how to care for it and use it. Then check out the video on our facebook page. Fabrice, our head baker, takes you through the simple steps to create a wonderful sourdough loaf in your own kitchen.
Fabrice, our head baker, showing off his sourdough