Monday, February 7, 2011

Sourdough bread obsession

 I have been making sourdough bread pretty much every week for the last few months. I felt encouraged especially after I went to a dietitian who said that eating sourdough bread helps the body absorb more nutrients and is generally healthier than regular bread.
grilled cheese on crusty homemade sourdough
My favorite go-to bread recipe is Norwich Sourdough from the Wild Yeast blog. It's quicker than most sourdough recipes because you could make bread within 8 hours. This weekend we were in such a rush when we started to make Norwich sourdough and actually didn't get a chance to knead the dough. We just folded the dough once per hour (a total of 2 folds). The end result was wonderful, perfect chewy crust, moist and tangy bread on the inside. How awesome is it that we didn't even have to knead the bread?? 
I still have problems with consistency. Sometimes the bread is slightly raw, so lately we've been using a thermometer to test the doneness - it should be 97 to 100C right after it has baked. The Wild Yeast blog suggests leaving the bread in the oven (turned off) for 10 minutes after the bread is baked in order to avoid rawness.

I'm going to continue baking sourdough until I come up with my own recipes. It's one of the most comforting things to make your own bread and enjoy it slowly over the weekend.

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