There won’t be a recipe on this post. Instead I want to talk not only about Salt Fermented Sourdough ( I will link once again to my salt fermented dough formula here), but about my book, “Discovering Sourdough” and about some of my baking friends.
I told you I was happy to be back home! I did not have such success with my loaves at the “other” houses. I believe in large part it may be because: I have an old used oven that works great for baking, I have a dedicated refrigerator set at 46F degrees for fermentation, I have my Fibrament baking stone, I finally got some Morebread flour, and well…. it’s my domain!
The book I have promised you for some time is now finished and available from my website at: http://www.northwestsourdough.com
I divided it into three separate .pdf files because it is a very large book. If you want to print it, it is best done on a printer that duplexes or you will have a VERY large book.
I have been working with Salt Fermented Sourdough for some time now. So I decided it would be the bread to showcase for World Bread Day. On the Sourdough Forum, we have a special board dedicated to finding out how to bake really sour sourdough bread. You know, the elusive trait that you actually get started baking sourdough for.
In many parts of the world, a very sour sourdough is considered a fault in the bread baking. However, here in the USA, it is usually considered a virtue. At the sourdough forum, we are having fun with a new board set up just for experimenting with “getting the sour” in sourdough. Anyone can join, you just have to ask for a password. The password will be removed when my book, “Discovering Sourdough” is posted. That is because the formula is part of the book, kind of like a preview. Continue reading Getting the Sour in Sourdough – Salt Fermentation
Yea, I am at it again. I found out that adding more diastatic malt to this kind of dough is a good thing. The salt can initially make the this kind of dough somewhat tough, the crust too thick and crunchy. It can be difficult to obtain a good color to the crust.
Seems like I can’t get enough of playing with Salt Fermented Sourdough. For today’s bake I decided to leave off the proofing cloths. I wanted to get a different look and I do not have my regular reed/willow baskets with me.
I have been playing with the salt fermented dough again. I cut down on the amount of salt in the initial pre ferment dough and it still did very well. I am not sure if it is better or what, it came out really good. I have to experiment with it a few more times to see what is different enough about it to compare it with the first iteration.
I am in someone else’s kitchen, with only some of my usual equipment, a “new to me” oven and I am back to baking! I baked up some Salt Fermented Sourdough which we have talked about here before. It is a 60% hydration dough retarded with the use of salt. It bakes up into some great loaves.
In my upcoming book, the feature recipe is the Salt Fermented Sourdough. I love working with this sourdough. I decided to experiment using the Power Flour from Pendleton Mills that I have been posting about. Power Flour is the flour of choice for this San Francisco style bread. I started out by…