Gloria is my sourdough starter, and about a year ago, after about a week's gestation, she produced her first loaf. Since then, she has been fed and nurtured and has returned full measure of home-baked bread most weeks of the calendar. Here's a little photo essay to celebrate her success...baking with sourdough is something I've never managed to do before.
|Gloria and her family of ingredient for two fruit loaves and one light wholemeal.|
|After the first proving over night. Sourdough flavour is better for a long rising period.|
|After the second kneading, slashed, sprinkled with fine semolina and ready for rising in the tin.|
Semolina allows me to handle the loaf without the slashes sticking together and closing
|It's about 8.30 a.m. and here they are tucked in the oven on the proving setting, warm and humid.|
This means they will be ready by lunch time.
|Cooling for the shortest possible time before "testing". Can hardly wait. Waiting for lunch be blowed.|
I hope you've enjoyed this little kitchen story. I regard making bread as part of my creative activity and just love my other workshop, the kitchen.
Miles of smiles,