On the day that a BBC Radio 4 PM article discusses the merits of Subway becoming more prevalent than McDonald's in the UK on the grounds that a sandwich is perceived to be a healthy option, is all bread "real bread"? The most basic bread recipe has just flour, water, salt and a raising agent, typically yeast. In Austria and Germany there was once a law, the Reinheitsgebot, where only water hops and barley were permitted to feature in beer. Many German brewers still declare compliance on their labels. Maybe something similar should be put in place for Real Bread? CAMRA has a definition for Real Beer but, the trouble is, for bread, we like to vary things by adding ingredients to create varieties with interesting, or even challenging, flavours and textures. Read More
Goldrush San Francisco Starter The dried San Francisco starter is very easy to use and will get you started in the world of sourdough baking, quickly and effectively. Once activated, your starter will, if looked after through simple feeding, last forever and you will not need to buy any more. See this article for guidance on looking after your starter. Activating Your San Francisco Starter A point of note for all sourdough (and yeast) baking is that in some places, the tap water can be fairly heavily chlorinated. The job of the chlorine is to kill of yeasts and bacteria...