Introduction to Traditionally Fermented Bread


| 1/24/2017 3:47:00 PM


Tags: bread baking, baking, gluten, sourdough, sourdough starter, fermentation, kitchen skills, Anna Twitto, Israel,

sourdough bread

My first sourdough loaf

Many people, even kitchen enthusiasts, shy away from making bread as they consider the preparation of bread dough time-consuming, labor-intensive and unpredictable - many times more so when talking of sourdough bread, which is made using wild yeast rather than the more reliable commercial yeast. 

In truth, bread-making is not so much time- and labor-intensive as simply requiring some patience, planning ahead, and tenacity (which, I admit, are challenging aspects in our instant gratification world). Mixing the sourdough starter and/or bread dough isn't a lot of work, even if you do everything by hand, which is the method I prefer. You get it going, and then you take your mind off it and do other things - and once in a while you check on it and do a quick knead or mix again. 

Nothing equals the aroma of freshly baked bread, but unfortunately, far from being the staff of life, modern quick-rise bread made from white flour offers little nutritional value. The proper way to make bread is to use whole-grain flour (wheat, rye or spelt) that had been allowed a long fermentation process (such as in sourdough).

Fermentation, Gluten, and Traditional Breads




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