To make a starter

To make a starter

By
From
Spring
Photographer
Andy Sewell

If you’re planning to make bread regularly, it is a good idea to keep a wooden bowl especially for the purpose. After use, wipe the bowl out gently but essentially leave it unwashed. Each time you use the bowl, adding water will wake up the residual microorganisms, the flour will nourish them and time will do the rest.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
300ml tepid water, plus extra to feed
300g unbleached wholemeal flour, plus extra to feed

Method

  1. Pour the water into a large wooden bowl. Gradually whisk in flour until the mixture is the texture of loose yoghurt. Leave, uncovered, overnight in a fairly warm, draught-free room (ideally at around 27°C).
  2. In the morning the mixture should be alive and slightly frothy. If it isn’t frothy, feed it with a little more water and flour every day until it is.
  3. Your starter should be ready to use in 7–10 days. It should smell clean and fresh and mildly acidic. If it doesn’t smell fresh or it tastes very acidic, you will have to start again.

Note

  • Bread making is a craft and it does take a while to master, yet it is ultimately incredibly rewarding. As our bread making has evolved, we have found that we love the gently acidic flavour of loaves that are risen naturally, but dislike the distinct smell and taste that commercially produced yeast lends. Consequently, we now use a natural starter for all of our breads.

    Making a starter is straightforward enough but it takes a little time to become really familiar with the process. The guideline is simple: you are always looking for a starter or ‘mother’ that smells fresh and clean with a very gentle, pleasant acidity.
Tags:
Skye Gyngell
seasonal
Spring
London
Back to top
    No results found
    No more results
      No results found
      No more results
        No results found
        No more results
          No results found
          No more results
            No results found
            No more results
              No results found
              No more results
              Please start typing to begin your search
              We're sorry but we had trouble running your search. Please try again