I was hoping by the end of this month I would be able to say I had perfected an immaculate sourdough loaf. However I can only say I have had some mid range loafs, and I have learned a lot. Not just about bread specifically but about failing while trying to learn something new. A quote I heard recently is "Failure is free education" which couldn't be more true. So lets say I've had a lot of free education, learning how to make bread. I thought I would pass along what I've learned so far.
Here are my three loafs of bread I have made of the course of the last month. I will include the link to each recipe I used for each loaf at the bottom of the post and what I liked and disliked and some things I've picked up along the way.
Things I've Learned From Making Sourdough
- Plan Ahead. Making Sourdough takes about 24 hours, so plan accordingly. Give yourself enough time. The main thing I learned was to look at how long each step takes, because you truly have to plan things around.
- Do lots of research. There are many people who have different methods, recipes, tips. Find what you feel most comfortable with and just go for it.
- Buy a dutch oven. It is the way to go for Sourdough since it creates equal heat giving your bread the best possible chance to thrive.
- Sourdough bread is great, but the starter is the real gem. I probably don't need to tell you that, but man I really loved the cool things you could incorporate the starter into. If you haven't check out my last week of blogs.
- Don't be scared to try different recipes. I know a lot of people find one recipe and they don't depart from it, which is understandable but I think sourdough has incredible history so experiment.
My Loaf Recipes:
Loaf Number One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg5nLQVg4VY
Loaf Number Two: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-sourdough-bread-224367
Loaf Number Three: https://www.theperfectloaf.com/beginners-sourdough-bread/
Hopefully you learned something because I sure have ;)
Thanks for reading,