Make your own Sourdough Starter

Since our kitchen here at The Cottage in the Wood has closed, our Head Chef Mark has been busy introducing a Sourdough Starter into our menu when we re-open, as well as coaching our apprentice Chef to make her own Sourdough loaves, and making loaves of bread for his surrounding community.

What is a Sourdough Starter or ‘The Mother’ we hear you ask?  Making The Mother or a Sourdough Starter is an old fashioned and healthier way of making bread.  It does require a little patience, but the finished product is well worth the wait, and the process of making your own Sourdough incredibly rewarding.  Mark has put together a series of videos for you to follow in making your own Sourdough loaves, and included some delicious ways to enjoy your bread below.  We hope that you enjoy baking your Sourdough and don’t forget to share your pictures with us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter

Ingredients for The Starter

25g water

20g strong white bread flour

1 tbsp natural yoghurt

Ingredients for Sourdough Loaf

525g strong white bread flour

12g salt

250g Mother/Starter

300g water

50g water to dilute the salt

Step 1 : Making a Sourdough Starter, or The Mother
Step 2 : Make your own Sourdough Loaf
Step 3 : Adding Salt
Step 4 : Folding Your Sourdough
Step 5 : Second Fold Of Your Sourdough
Step 6 : Third And Final Fold
Step 7 : Shaping Your Sourdough
Step 8 : Cooking Your Loaf
Step 9 : Time to get your loaf from the oven and enjoy!

Ways to enjoy your Sourdough

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There are so many ways to enjoy a Sourdough Loaf, from breakfast dishes, to lunch and dinner.  We’ve shared some of our favourites with you below.

Breakfast

With it being asparagus season now, we would highly recommend fresh asparagus with a poached egg on a toasted slice of your homemade Sourdough bread.

Lunch

Enjoy for lunch with Salami and cured meats, with a red onion chutney, and pickles.

Dinner

Our Head Chef, Mark, has been making delicious Sourdough base pizzas at home for his family.  He cooks his in an open wood fired oven, but they are just as tasty in the oven.  Why not bring the family together to choose your toppings and create mini Sourdough base pizzas?  Mark added a tomato base, pepperoni, mozzarella, and basil to his.

Sharing with neighbours

Why not create a loaf for your neighbour?  When you have a mother, you can create multiple loaves and share with the people nearest to you.

If you’ve got some other Sourdough recipes we’d love to see them!  Show us yours on Facebook or Instagram.

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