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 Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter
Ingredients for The Starter
20g strong white bread flour
1 tbsp natural yoghurt
Ingredients for Sourdough Loaf
525g strong white bread flour
50g water to dilute the salt
Ways to enjoy your Sourdough
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.
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.
Enjoy for lunch with Salami and cured meats, with a red onion chutney, and pickles.
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.