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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby scullion » Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:54 pm

my partner used to say that he didn't like sourdough (like he didn't used to like a few other things he now loves) but the lack of yeast a few months back forced him into using it and now he's a convert. he still uses yeast every so often - when some of the dehydrated stuff wouldn't get enough time to be activated.
ours isn't overly 'sour' and the crust can be varied to be less hard and thick with less time/heat work.
for some (just look at some of the dedicated sourdough groups online and on facebook) the aim is to have massive holes and thick crust with as much opening and crusting of slashes as possible. i think i prefer my sandwich filling to stay between the bread rather than filling the holes or dropping through.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby KeenCook2 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:15 pm

PatsyMFagan wrote:After much deliberation, I have decided to 'come out' and say that I seem to be the only person I know who just doesn't 'get' Sourdough ;) :( :o . Of course this might be that I think I have only eaten home made stuff once, but I really haven't liked any shop bought stuff. I find my gums are always sore from where the hard crusts seem to scratch (and I have very healthy gums :roll: ) and the rest is quite chewy. I don't even much like the taste. :(

I will just stick to my own home-made bread I think - various degrees of wholemeal :thumbsup



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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Amyw » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:11 pm

I’m with you patsy , I don’t like the tanginess of the taste either . Heathens we are !!

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby slimpersoninside » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:59 pm

Amyw wrote:I’m with you patsy , I don’t like the tanginess of the taste either . Heathens we are !!

Thirded (and fourthed if hubby can be counted in).

Like you, I thought it was just us.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:14 pm

I don’t care for it much. It breaks your teeth and doesn’t keep well.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby PatsyMFagan » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:29 pm

I think we should start a support group ;) :thumbsup :lol:

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Pepper Pig » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:36 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby KeenCook2 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:15 pm

Pepper Pig wrote:I don’t care for it much. It breaks your teeth and doesn’t keep well.


I agree about how it breaks your teeth, PP! But OH got some last week at Waitrose rtc when he went to get the Sunday paper and wanted to make up the £10, and it was fine! Because it was prepacked the crust wasn't as tough as it can be. It toasted well.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Renee » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:52 pm

:lol: I'm afraid I'm not joining your support group Pat! I love toasted sourdough bread. Waitrose has excellent sourdough bread and also Booths in the north west. I did once go through the whole process of making sourdough bread. Gill very kindly sent me the "mother" to use. Dan Lepard came on the board and said how well it had turned out. I had used one of his recipes for Potato and Old English Ale sourdough bread. In some supermarkets, so called sourdough bread has added yeast which isn't as good.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Pampy » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:16 am

Can I join the club too, please? :lol: :lol:

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Suffs » Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:58 am

My sourdough doesn’t taste really ‘sour’ ... I think a lot of bought sourdough is made using a Californian style starter with a strong flavour ... the starter I use came from the Lake District and has a much milder flavour ... not all sourdoughs are the same.

And mine doesn’t have a thick hard crust ... it’s thin and crisp hasn’t broken my teeth or scraped my gums ... and yes, it makes amazing toast :yum

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby PatsyMFagan » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:51 am

Suffs wrote:My sourdough doesn’t taste really ‘sour’ ... I think a lot of bought sourdough is made using a Californian style starter with a strong flavour ... the starter I use came from the Lake District and has a much milder flavour ... not all sourdoughs are the same.

And mine doesn’t have a thick hard crust ... it’s thin and crisp hasn’t broken my teeth or scraped my gums ... and yes, it makes amazing toast :yum


I think I need to pop up and sample yours then Suffs ;) :lol:

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby slimpersoninside » Mon Sep 14, 2020 10:33 pm

I'm with Scully on the holes thing, and I don't like the really dark thick crust or the very sour taste.

Your loaf sounds good Suffs.......as long as it doesn't have big holes :D .

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Renee » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:28 pm

I have made my own sourdough starters in the past. It is such a fascinating process and takes no more than a few minutes each day.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Suffs » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:57 pm

Not many holes ... just a few and not very big
The marmalade stays on the toast.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby scullion » Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:35 am

my partner had an interesting experience with the starter last night. he had put some into a bowl with water to mix it as normal, before adding in flour etc but instead of just becoming a homogenous liquid it produced a lump of gluten in cloudy water. he took out the lump and mixed flour into the remaining liquid.
interestingly that batch has risen slightly more than the second batch, also made last night from the same starter and with the same weights of flour and water.

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Re: Sourdough ... your experience and tips please

Postby Pampy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 2:10 pm

Must be developing a mind of its own!

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