It’s been two years since I started my sourdough journey

Our Daily, sourdough, bread

It’s been two years since I started my sourdough journey

It is hard to believe that I have been making my own bread now for two years. That is especially true when it comes to sourdough.

Our Daily, sourdough, bread
My first loaf

It does come with a sense of pride that over that time I have baked all our bread except for one loaf I got my husband recently, some bread rolls, and a few hot cross buns.

Has it been easy?

The answer to that would have to be no. There have been a lot of disasters, but they are very rare these days.

I can remember when I made the first one I was so impressed with how it came out and I thought I’ve got this.

Well, I didn’t.

A friend of mine said that it will be weeks before it starts working all the time. I thought well there is one that worked. She was, of course, right. While I did have that initial success, it was followed by many, many, and I did say many already, very flat loaves of sourdough bread.

My bread is flat
My flat bread

 

It was quite the journey.

I’ve learned a lot and I’m happy to say that my days of opening the lid to my dutch oven and finding a loaf flatter than when it went in are pretty much over. It does still happen, but very rarely these days. I did have one a week ago, but I had the temperature too high in my proofing box and didn’t account for it.

It was interesting because when I was shaping it after the bulk rise I knew it wasn’t going to work.

I can tell now. For me, it is about the dough and how it feels. If it sticks too much to my hands or fingers then I know I have a dud.

The proofing box

The Brod & Taylor proofing box has to be one of the best things I got for making my bread. It means I can control the temperature while getting my starter ready, and again when I want to proof my bread.

Image from Brod & Taylor

It has almost made it possible for me to do it by timing and I know pretty much how long it will take to proof.

When I first got it I was getting a lot of dodgy loaves. Nothing was working properly. It took me a couple of months to realise I was over proofing everything, which was why nothing was working.

I have it all sussed now and I know what I’m doing. It is working well for me. It was a good purchase.

These days

I bake a loaf every 2 to 3 days now. They nearly always work out fine. The flat loaf I had the other day is a very rare occurrence these days.

Here are some photos from my last loaf.

It is okay to me.

What I’ve learned

There is more than one way to make it. Everywhere you read someone is making it one way or a different way. I think it is one of those things that you have to find your own path with it. Work out what works for you.

Sourdough bread has been made for thousands of years, so you don’t need to use filtered water or bottled either for your starter. I use boiled water, but that is all. My starter, which I started from scratch has been around for 2 years now and that is all I’ve ever used.

You don’t have to be really careful with your starter. I’ve had days where I have forgotten to feed it and it hasn’t been the end of the world.

Bread in my house

It is a long process, but you can sort of get into a routine with it.

I’ve used my sourdough starter for lots of things. I mainly bake bread, but I also do pizza dough, bagels, and fruit bread. I have used it for flat bread as well.

I do use store bought yeast for some things, but I love my sourdough and would like to keep using it for a long time. I love that I can say I bake nearly our bread. It might not mean a lot to others, but it is something I’ve rather proud of.

I mean who doesn’t love homemade bread?

14 Responses

  1. My husband is the baker in the household, but his breads don’t look nearly as good as yours. Can I send him your way for tips? 😉

    • Lucky you have to bake for you, I’m sure his bread is good. I love sourdough and it’s taken me a while to get it where it is. All practice. Thank you, do you think he would want any tips from me.

  2. Leanne, your bread looks really great, I bake sourdough bread myself too and it’s just very rewarding. Do you use only like white flour or do you mix it with other kinds? Just a question from expert to expert.

    • Thank you Cornelia, it is really rewarding, especially when you realise how hard it can be to make. I do only use white bread at this stage. With everything that has been going on in the world, I get all my groceries delivered and the place I use doesn’t seem to have anything but white bread flour. When I decide to get out again the supermarket I use to use has different flours, so I will probably start trying them again and seeing how I go. How about you Cornelia.

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  4. What a fun and delicious anniversary! Your bread all looks amazing and I am sure even the flat loaves were tasty.

    • It is a fun way. Thank you, I don’t like the flat ones, my husband Dave doesn’t mind them, but they are really dense. I prefer the ones that work now.Thanks Laura.

  5. Congratulations! I totally agree that we all have to find our own sourdough path!

  6. Yes home made bread is best. Well done for keeping it going so long. I love the pattern on your loaf. So pretty.

  7. You should be proud of making your own bread. It looks absolutely beautiful and delicious, Leanne.

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