Hello there my committed sour dough fans! (all maybe 1 of you- ha ha!!)
I just can’t seem to leave this sour dough stuff alone and I feel as though I am in search of that holy grail recipe. So, in true sour dough fashion I today have tried recipe mark 3. A recipe provided by the bakers, The Hobbs Brothers. They are based down in the Cotswolds and have 4 bakery shops selling all kinds of delicious bread. I have in the past watched videos of their bread making techniques and decided to give it a go myself. The recipe is only for a small sourdough loaf using 230g bread flour and 125g of my sour dough starter, 125ml warm water and 5g sea salt. I fed my starter on Sunday and allowed it a 48hour period to do its stuff. In my very inexperienced opinion it looked rather good. It had a thick consistency with lots of activity present. I liked the recipe because it was simple with the exception of needing to leave a 12 hour period for proving. I have made mine this evening with the idea of baking it early in the morning, all nice and ready for toast at playtime, 10.30am (Sorry I home ed my two children and we usually have a mid morning break!).
The noticeable difference between the previous 2 loaves is that the dough was rather wet which did make it a bit difficult to knead. I knead by hand at the moment but I think if this bread obsession continues I will need to buy a kitchen appliance to do the job for me. I usually knead for around 10minutes but I am never quite sure if I have done enough or not. I guess all will be revealed tomorrow. It was then left to rest for 30 minutes before being put in my proving basket in my front room, all nice and cosy next to the radiator. Let’s hope we have success in the morning.
……TBC…..will fill you in tomorrow with the next installment…I bet you can’t wait!!!