Artisan Sourdough Made Simple
A beginner's guide to delicious, handcrafted bread with minimal kneading.
If sourdough bread seems like one of those difficult recipes you'll never master, think again. In Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa, you'll find the easy instructions you've been missing.
In explaining her love for sourdough, Raffa says, "In a nutshell, sourdough is slow-fermented bread. What's unique is that it does not require commercial yeast in order to rise. It's made with a live fermented culture, a sourdough starter, which acts as a natural leavening agent. I used to think it was some kind of mad science project, myself. But in actuality, it's a technique that can be traced back thousands of years, before commercial yeast was available to bakers. ... We are living proof that anyone can adapt this ancient technique into modern life."
Here's how to make a sourdough starter, plus two recipes for bread -- a loaf, and a flatbread. Enjoy!
Excerpted with permission from Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017. Photo credit: Emilie Raffa