I’ve been baking sourdough since last March, and though there have been highs and deep, deep lows… I think I’ve found a groove that works for me.
Here is my very first attempt:
It was flat, the crust was too thick to enjoy, but it was gummy and chewy and soft inside, which is what I love about sourdough.
Here is my latest, from yesterday:
It has a couple bigger air pockets, bit it’s fluffy, soft, gummy in the best way, and the crust is crispy but not break-your-teeth hard.
I know the bird’s eye view isn’t the best for comparison, but trust me when I say the first one felt like a hockey puck.
As for tips?
- Read, read, read. Read until you think you understand, then maybe once more before jumping in.
- Instagram and YouTube have tons of videos.
- Try different recipes and different hydrations. (I have personally had better success with higher hydration.)
- And for the love of all that is bread, get yourself a bread knife! I was using my sister’s serrated knife (my better-quality knives are in storage ), wondering why my bread wasn’t slicing like all the instagram videos, when it suddenly hit me. They’re probably using better knives.
- Keep baking. So this one didn’t work out? Your next one will undoubtedly turn out better.
Okay, one last question. How do you like to enjoy sourdough?
I used to only put a little butter on it. Then I used it for an egg salad sandwich (heaven, honestly). Then I offered a slice to my sister’s boyfriend, and he asked if we had any honey. Which I thought sounded disgusting. Then I thought more about it. Then I tried it.