Freshly baked bread is a wonderful smell. What could be more delicious than freshly baked bread loaf? It’s hard to imagine anything better.
The guys behind Sourdough September aren’t able to!
This month is the best time to celebrate sourdough. People are encouraged to start their own starter to be able make bread.
This is a great way for anyone to try baking, even if they have never done it before. It may also be possible to find great local events that allow you to display your bread-making skills and get to sample it from the pros.
Sourdough bread dates back to 1500 BC. It was actually the only type of “leavened bread” that was available in those days, before commercial yeast was invented a few hundred year ago.
Sourdough bread contains live cultures (unlike dry yeast) and is made from a starter that has been kept from a previous batch. It then ferments. It must be fed with flour and water every week. Once it has grown, it can be left at room temperature until ready for use in another loaf.
Sourdough bread was a staple of the San Francisco area during the Gold Rush of California in 1849. It was popular among miners because it was durable.
Since 2013, every September has been called Sourdough September. Even though it may have only been around for a few years, its popularity has grown over the years.
The Real Bread Campaign was inspired to name September Sourdough month. They are trying spread bread knowledge. They aim to make it less common for households to rely on processed breads from factories (i.e. filled with preservatives) at their local supermarket.
Real Bread is a movement that promotes the love of sourdough and aims to increase bread baking. They also want to encourage others to appreciate the health benefits of locally baked loaves, which are much healthier than those purchased at the supermarket.
September is the month for Sourdough Bread!
You don’t have to be an expert baker to participate in Sourdough September. Don’t worry if you don’t want to do anything difficult. Just donate money to the charity.
You think you might be interested in learning more about the art of sourdough. It will make it easier to appreciate this unique bread. There is a lot to be learned and much literature will be available throughout the month. You can check the Real Bread Campaign’s website for some suggested readings. Once you are able to identify a real sourdough from one that is “sour faux”, you’ll be able easily to distinguish the two!
These facts will help you learn quick and interesting facts about sourdough.
If you feel confident, you can even start a sourdough recipe. You can make the simplest starter with just flour and water. Some recipes require additional ingredients to allow the bacteria culture in the starter to grow. You could use pineapple juice, potatoes, or just plain sugar.
After the starter is prepared, you can use it to make sourdough bagels and other delicious treats like English muffins, English muffins or pizza. There are so many options for making sourdough!
Many bakeries will host regular events during this month. These events can range from sourdough classes to tastings, and they are a great way to get together with other people who are interested in learning more about this type of bread and the many flavors and additions that bakers add.
In September, a variety of bread bakers and breadmakers from the UK, USA, Australia, and other countries around the world will take the opportunity to invite participants to learn how to make sourdough loaf. The opportunity was created to highlight small, independent bakeries that are making real sourdough loaf.
Visit the Real Bread Website for more information about Sourdough September events and ideas.
You don’t need to “knead,” any more convincing to join the Sourdough September. Enjoy a delicious one!