Finally cracked sourdough!
Well I’ve finally achieved it, after numerous attempts to get a good starter going, and varied success at baking a beautiful sourdough loaf, with them being either too sour, or not rising. I can finally reveal a Sourdough loaf that I’m over the moon with. I was given a great sourdough starter by J.B. at The Railway at Honiton, who assured me it was lively and had great taste…. I set about making some bread with it, using the River Cottage Sourdough Bread recipe, knowing that the best way to achieve a great loaf was slowly, I knew this would work for me. I replaced 100g of the white flour with an equal amount of light rye, to add a further rustic slant and also increased the amount of water, as I like higher hydration doughs. I allowed it to prove during the day, and then shaped and let it rise for a second time on a flour dusted linen couche.
I popped it into a blazing hot oven for 15 minutes and then turned the temperature down as in the recipe. I allowed the bread to cool before tasting the result, we slathered the slices with creamy yellow devon butter, heaven.