I have never baked in my life. Well, not voluntarily anyway. Which is why my announcement that I was going to start making my own Sourdough bread was met with stifled sniggers and a healthy helping of "Good Luck."Well I've now baked 3 loafs. So I can call myself a professional now, right? The biggest thing I found confusing was the starter - what is that and why do I need to feed it? After a few goes around the block and watching the starter now take on a life of its own, it's clear to me that sourdough baking is the best thing on the planet.The first was pasty and I would say under-done. It was really tacky (to touch) and tasted really powerfully of...sour stuff. It wasn't offensive but it wasn't breathtakingly tasty either.
It's true what everyone says; there's nothing like baking your own bread. I can imagine if any one of the 3 loafs I baked turned out rubbish I would feel differently, but there's a lofty progression from 1 to 3 in that the 3rd is exactly what I want from a loaf. It looks amazing. It smells amazing. And my goodness does it taste amazing.The Kamut wheat certainly makes it a lot more golden in colour but the taste isn't as sweet as I had been led to believe by the book I used. It does taste brilliant and I cannot wait to eat some more - I just hacked off the end to see what it looked like.So far so good! I've bought another banneton so that I can make 2 loafs at the one time and stick one in the fridge for baking mid-week, rather than having to do the whole 3 day process twice. It's a lot of effort is sourdough, but when you see the end result and taste all that magical chemistry come together...it's really motivating!This is the book I use, along with this one by Vanessa Kimbell, which is boffin levels of explanation as to why a sourdough is a sourdough, and what good it does for people with sensitive digestive tracts. Ace books either way.