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Sourdough bread made at home (natural yeast)

  Read to be baked! Making bread with natural yeast, also known as sourdough, is a rewarding and traditional process. Natural yeast is a mixture of flour and water that captures wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria from the environment. This yeast mixture also called a " starter " or " levain " is used as the leavening agent in sourdough bread. Here's a basic step-by-step guide on how to make bread with natural yeast at home: Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour (for the starter) 1/2 cup lukewarm water (chlorine-free) A kitchen scale A clean glass or plastic container with a lid A kitchen thermometer Additional flour and water for the bread dough Salt (for flavor) Day 1: Creating the Starter In a clean glass or plastic container, mix 1/2 cup of lukewarm water (around 80-85°F or 27-29°C) with 1/2 cup of all-purpose or whole wheat flour. Mix until you have a thick, smooth paste. Cover th


100g plain flour (sieved)
50g ground rice or semolina or
150g plain flour (sieved)
50g castor sugar
100g butter

Preparation Method
Place all ingredients in an electric mixer bowl and mix on minimum speed increasing to speed 2 as the fat breaks up, until the mixture has bound together.
Press the maximum into a ball and roll into a round about 1cm thick.
Crimp the edges and prick on a design with a fork.
Bake in a slow oven (150ºC/300ºF/Mk.2) until it is firm and light brown in color (approximately 1 hour).
Allow to cool before removing from the tray.


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