Making sourdough bread may sound complicated. But that is the reason why it has gained cult-like status - because of the perceived steep learning curve to making bread.
Once you get past the mental barrier, it's a lot easier than it looks.
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Sourdough bread tastes surprisingly good. It has a deep chewiness and a simple crusty cob that fills you up for the day. Making it is quite simple.
Sourdough is a vegan bread, however it is not gluten-free. It's a naturally leavend bread that uses a 'starter' instead of commercial yeast.
For sourdough you need the three basic ingredients: strong white bread flour, water, and salt.
Many use different flours in their sourdough and experiment with different ones but as long as you adjust the amount of water accordingly, it will come out great. You can also add flavoring ingredients such as: seeds, nuts, herbs, chillies, cheese, and more.
Research shows there may be beneficial effects to baking, like less stress, emotion management and social connection.
Spending time in the kitchen is a kind of self-care that's desperately needed during the long months of isolation.
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