Supermarket sourdough is often sourfaux – here’s how to make the real thing | Food | The Guardian

After decades of filling up on flavourless crap, it seems that Britain’s to benefit taste of the bread proper. The biggest beneficiary is the chewy, tangy sourdough, which makes the treatment simpler sarnie. Tesco – hardly a foodie destination – now sell 100,000 loaves each week , where sales rose by 40% in the year.

Sourdough is the oldest leavened bread; bubbles that make it rise is the establishment of commercial yeast used in the vast majority of bread is saccharomyces cerevisiae, but occurs naturally in yeasts present on the flour in the air. Maybe it was invented when one of our ancestors left some wet flour in the sun, and I noticed that they began to foam.

Not only sourdough taste great; there is some evidence that can be accepted by many people who have difficulty digesting the bread produced with commercial yeast.

But not all sourdough is created equal. While purists will tell you that it should be made of flour, water, salt “the beginning” which is in turn made of flour and water above naturally occurring yeasts . I have found that most supermarket sourdoughs are adulterated with something of milk and vinegar – and this is the real killer – the yeast commercial. These ingredients are not bad for you, but if you have a specific intolerance – but to describe bread made from commercial yeast, such as sourdough, I don’t want to talk about this, complete and utter nonsense.

How can you avoid these sourfaux? You can check the ingredients, of course – if a supermarket lists them – or switch to the Artisan Bakery (and don’t ask about the ingredients there too). Or you can make yourself. She has a reputation for being difficult, labor horribly slow, but again, this is a misconception. All you have to do is replace one fast-acting, predictable element is another, less consistent laziness. Everything takes longer, but on the positive side, which gives the dough more time to build flavor.

If you have ever made bread by hand (download the machine does not need), you can make sourdough. You will need to be in the general vicinity of the kitchen for half a day, but most of that you simply will be in waiting for the dough to rise. On breadmaking itself won’t get in the way of any dust, take care of children or company in front of the TV that you have planned. Here is a simple recipe, with instructions on how to make the starter.

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