What is Sourdough Bread?
Sourdough bread is often mentioned these days when people are talking about the different types of artisan bread that they are partial to, but what actually is sourdough bread? This is something we will look at below and also answer some of the most common questions posed about it.
What is the difference between normal bread and sourdough?
Sourdough bread is made from a sourdough starter, which is usually a combination of flour and water that has been fermented by the addition of wild yeast. This means that the bread will have a slightly more sour taste than bread made from wheat. The dough is also allowed to rise for longer than normal bread dough, which gives it a more complex and layered flavour.
How do you make sourdough bread?
The process of making sourdough bread is quite simple. First, you need to create a sourdough starter by mixing flour and water and allowing it to ferment. Once the starter is ready, you can then use it to make your sourdough bread. Alternatively, there are now sourdough starters and mixes available to buy from many online shops.
What are the benefits of sourdough bread?
People ask “is sourdough bread good for you?” Sourdough bread has a number of reported benefits. Firstly, it is more digestible than other types of bread as the fermentation process breaks down the gluten. This means that it is suitable for people who are gluten-sensitive.
Secondly, sourdough bread has a lower glycemic index, which means that it won't cause your blood sugar levels to spike in the same way that other types of bread can. This means it is much better for people who are diabetic than normal bread is.
Finally, sourdough bread is delicious and is much more unusual than the regular kind of bread. It is fun to try different things and expand your taste palate and sourdough bread is one of those things that you really should try, at least once.
Are there any drawbacks to sourdough bread?
The only real drawback to sourdough bread is that it can be quite difficult to find in the shops. However, sourdough mixes are now available from many online retailers, so being able to bake your own shouldn't be too much of a problem, and the achievement of making it will be all of your own. Baking bread for the first time always feels like an “achievement unlocked” moment and we are sure you'll enjoy it.
How do you store sourdough bread?
Sourdough bread should be stored in a cool, dry place like a pantry or cupboard. It will keep for up to two weeks if stored in this way, however, sourdough bread is best eaten fresh and we would recommend this, rather than keeping it for longer. Once you have found a good sourdough starter, you can always make yourself some more.
If you need to store it for longer periods of time, you can put it in the freezer, just be sure to thaw it out before eating it.
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