This was the second breadmaking workshop we have run for the community, but this time the emphasis was on sourdough. Elissa took us through the theory and process behind sourdough starter and breadmaking. Ian had been busy cranking up our community-sized pizza oven in preparation for the baking.
The sourdough was made and kneaded then left to prove for a couple of hours (it was a reasonably cool day). In the meantime, we rolled out our sourdough pizza bases and prepared the toppings which all of the participants had contributed. Then into our wood-fired pizza oven they went, and after a brief hiccup getting the temperature right, the pizzas were cooked and consumed.
The bread dough was punched down and quickly kneaded for the final time then placed in bread tins or on metal trays to prove again – this time in the back of Elissa’s warm car to speed up the rising. Much chatting and information sharing went on during the proving period. Unfortunately some of our participants had to head off, so they took their bread dough home to bake. The stayers put their bread into the oven and it seemed to be cooked in no time at all.
It came out looking scrumptious. We tasted some that Elissa had baked and it was delicious.
We took home a small portion of starter for us to feed each day until we tried our hands at home baking sourdough bread.
I have twice baked sourdough bread since from Elissa’s starter and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. You just need to be at home for a good part of the day. You can get on with other things whilst your bread rises.
We will probably run another breadmaking workshop in early 2018, and will post the date in the new year.