my new friend mr sourdough

January 5th, 2009

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The Handmade Loaf by Dan Lepard for Christmas.

I’m a big fan of Dan’s, especially since he complemented the (South) Chelsea buns that I made for last years Brockwell Bake. Inspired by reading his book, I decided to cultivate my own sour dough starter (or leaven) over the Christmas break. Approximately a week of dedication required to get the process kick-started, with daily feeding and monitoring my leaven.

I was incredibly surprised to find that actually it wasn’t that painful. At times I felt it wasn’t working (especially when my loaf on day 5 appeared to fail), but the result on day 6 was just amazing. I’ve certainly never made a loaf with such a remarkable crust (so crispy) and crumb (so chewy).

I now just have to work out how best to keep my leaven alive going forwards. See the pictures below to see how the drama unfolded.

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2 Responses to “my new friend mr sourdough”

  1. 1Jonathan
    February 15th, 2010 @ 16:01

    What an amazing looking loaf. Would you recommend Dan’s book? I’m keen to get into sourdough…

  2. 2tom
    February 28th, 2010 @ 18:53

    Absolutely – his book is great and the main focus is sourdough.

    I’m sure there are plenty of other good sourdough books out there too..about time I found some more ideas and dusted off my starter!

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