Sourdough is unquesionably one of the most delicious breads around, and making it is a real art. Learning to make the perfect loaf could take you literally years, but the process of can be an incredibly gratifying experience. But before you begin any of that, you’ll need a sourdough starter.
Making your own sourdough starter is very easy, but it does take quite a while – it will be at least a week before you can make bread with it. And by the time it’s ready to use, you’ll be desperate to make your first loaf!
- 50g water
- 50g bread flour
- 1 tsp of liquid sugar, optional
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, and cover. Leave for 24 hours.
Mix the starter thoroughly, and transfer 50g to a clean bowl. Add 50g of water and 50g of bread flour, and mix again, covering and leaving for another 24 hours. Discard the rest of the previous starter.
Refresh the starter every 24 hours, for about 2 weeks, until it smells tangy and alcoholic.
Once the starter is ready to use, refresh every 3 days if storing at room temperature, or every week if storing in the fridge.