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April 1st is National Sourdough Bread Day
you're looking for something to do today then add a sour twist to your
normal bread because it's National Sourdough Bread Day! Take
break from the white, wheat and potato breads for a day!
get right into celebrating National Sourdough Bread Day!
WHY IS THIS A
If you've ever tasted the tangy goodness of sourdough
before then you know exactly why people want to celebrate it. It's too
good not to! It's not too much of a giant leap from normal bread but,
where it is different, it stands out. The Ancient Egyptians
have been the first to make sourdough bread back in 1500 BC as it was
likely the first way to make leavened bread. This method was the most
often used until the European Middle Ages when they started using barm
from beer brewing. And then eventually everyone started using
Sourdough is a bread dough that is made
with a lactobacillus culture. The sour or tangy taste of the bread
comes from the lactic acid created by the lactobacilli. That might
sound a little gross, especially when you find out where lactobacilli
normally are in the human body, but it's all just part of the
fermentation starter to make the dough. People actually keep
little bit of the dough from an old batch called "mother dough" and use
it as a starter for new batches in the future. They just keep adding
water and flour to it every week and leave it sit at room temperature
until they want to make a new batch. This can actually give the dough a
distinct taste as it's kept for years and years in a bakery.
probably isn't something you want to do yourself, unless you make
sourdough bread all the time but it's interesting to know that bakers
So how can you celebrate today? Well, let's get the easy
option out of the way first. Head to a local baker and order
loaf! You could even head to a few different bakeries to see
you can notice a difference in the taste. And if you think of
you could ask the baker how long they have kept their sourdough "mother
dough". You might be surprised with what they tell you.
could even search around to see if any sandwich shops give you the
option of using sourdough bread for your sandwich. That way,
you're in a hurry, you could just pick up lunch and have a quick and
effortless celebration of your own.
Or you could take a stab at
making some sourdough bread at home! You can buy sourdough
starters if you want to do things right. It doesn't take
long to bake your own bread but it's much more satisfying to know you
made it yourself. And boy is it fresh! And if
crunched for time there are sourdough bread mixes you can buy for
breadmaker machines. Yep, let the machine do all the work
you wait for the "beep" to let you know it's ready to slice into your
celebratory goodness! Too bad it won't slice it for you too,
;) Enjoy your day and make it a sour one!