I’ve been making sourdough most of this year having discovered that I am not actually allergic to wheat, but intolerant of either commercial yeast or some of he preservatives or enzymes in commercially produced bread. I have no idea which it is .. but I do know that my own sourdough is delicious, inexpensive and I have no problems digesting it. It's a huge relief to discover I can eat wheat again.
That said my loaves have up until now been too dense and not the exact texture I have been looking for. I’m a huge fan of Dan Lepard’s work and it was his book the Hand Made loaf that I went to as I first got back into making my own, so when the chance to attend a Sourdough master class with Dan came up I took my eldest daughter with me to learn how to make sourdough and for me to refine my own technique.
We were made so welcome with tea and muffins for breakfast and met the other lovely bakers attending. We got to have a good look at Dan's brilliant new book Short and Sweet and I met a lovely lady called Azlia who wrote this account of her day here and a great chap called Chris chap from The real bread Campaign who you can listen to below talking about the course.
Dan covered all the stages of making and keeping a healthy leaven, we all got he chance to talk individually about our loaves and baking with him and the course made everyone feel that they can make bread exactly how they want to. The explanations the Dan gives means that not only do you make the bread you can touch, feel, taste, smell and experience the dough in a way
We have the most fantastic day and left with two sourdoughs’ each. My daughter loved every minute of it we have both been totally inspired by Dan. She leant so much about making sourdough that I know let her make her ownand I refined my knowledge to the point where I am now turning out the best bread I have ever made.
I can’t recommend doing this course enough and of course you must take a look at Dan' new book Short and Sweet it's fabulous!
To find out about more about the next course on 26th of November click here.