Introduction to Sourdough
Sourdough has become wildly popular over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why – there’s nothing quite like a freshly-baked sourdough loaf! Although the use of the sourdough ‘starter’ might seem a bit intimidating, on this Introduction to Sourdough course we’ll demystify the process and cover everything you need to know. You’ll also take home a ready-made sourdough starter to use.
• Making and maintaining your sourdough starter
• Country loaf
• Danish rye bread
• Sourdough pizza
The crucial component of sourdough is your starter, a symbiotic culture of yeasts that provide the carbon dioxide that makes the bread rise, and also give it that distinctive sour flavour. We’ll begin with everything you need to know about creating your starter, and how to care for it and ‘feed’ it so that it lasts.
Following a demonstration for each, you’ll then practise how to mix and knead a country loaf, Denmark’s famous rye bread, a sourdough pizza base and a baguette. When it comes to sourdough, understanding how the dough should look, feel and smell at each stage of the process is just as important as following the recipe, so we’ll help you to develop an understanding of exactly what makes the dough work, and questions will be very welcome!
At the end of the day, you’ll go home with a pot of sourdough starter to use, a selection of your own delicious creations, and a course booklet which includes all the recipes used and some guidance notes. The day also includes a delicious two-course lunch with the other course attendees.