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NateJ

sourdough

Now that we're talking bread in the cookery school, I'm quite curious:

Is baking bread (and other things) with sourdough popular in the UK?

If it isn't popular, a short explanation: during the time of expansion in the US across the planes to the west, yeast from the local brewer wasn't available. So, folks took a bit of dough from a loaf of bread and kept it - and it usually got additional wild yeast cultures in it from the environment - to raise bread. It may have a flavor from quite mild to extremely tangy.

There's quite an art to sourdough baking and, at least in the mountain parts of the US (Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Idaho, Montana, etc.) sourdough cookery is still quite popular. At least as popular as any cookery is, as Americans are quite food indifferent.

Does anyone in the UK do this kind of stuff?

I have a friend who collects sourdough cultures, dries them, and keeps them for various flavors, he's quite serious.

Nate

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Rasdora

Sourdough

Hi Nate,I have been experimenting with sourdough for a number of years. I live in North east Italy and I have lived in various other parts of the same country for a long time so have used various varieties of natural yeasts, both city and rural. I have Always had a 100% success reaction with the natural yeasts, It Always works in a totally fascinating way. My problem is that I do not like the taste, I find it too strong and pungent. I have tried blending half a sourdough mix with a normal yeast mix and I find this more palatable but I would love to find a combination that produces a milder bread. I love the idea of using natural yeasts and, as i have already mentioned, it Always works, so I would be very interested in any suggestions.

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Yummy

Sour Dough

I haven't made bread from the SourDough starter, much too faffy for me.
But I have made a similar bread using the 24hr method which uses only 1/4 tsp of yeast !!!

Natej, I've emailed you a copy of the recipe.....it is so easy, and a lot less simple than having to make the starter etc....the taste is lovely, very rustic.
Only problem....if there is one, is it doesn't keep very well....but then again, once you have tasted a piece it doesn't last long anyway ;)

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NateJ

internet forums

Not sure what to do about the sourness of the sourdough. But, there are two internet forums that I know of:

groups.yahoo.com/group/Sourdough

and

groups.yahoo.com/group/sourdoughandchatter

If you don't have a Yahoo account they'll ask you to create a free one. Perhaps someone there might have a clue.

Hope this helps!

Nate

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NateJ

Thanks!

Yummy, thanks for the recipe, I appreciate it!

Nate

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Manon Lescaut

Sourdough

There has been a bit of a fashion for it over the last two or three years in the UK. It's sold in supermarkets but is a bit disappointing. A friend makes it regularly and it's delicious but it rules her life. She's been known to take the starter to bed with her on very cold nights!

I make bread regularly but stick to the bog standard dried or fresh yeast method. For me, life's too short for making sourdough.

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Manon Lescaut

sourdough sour-ness


"Not sure what to do about the sourness of the sourdough.
Nate"


Isn't the sour-ness the point of it?

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NateJ

I think so.

I think so, but there are many strains of sourdough and perhaps the original author to whose post I was responding didn't like it QUITE so sour.

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Essex Girl

Sourdough

I love sourdough but can't be bothered with the faffing about. I was talking with some friends about that lovely clam chowder soup in sourdough bread rolls that you get in the USA. I've looked for ordinary rolls to try it with here in the UK but the nice crispy ones are too small.

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NateJ

quite simple

The answer is quite simple, you must eat several :)

Of course, be sure to skip your next meal :)

 
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