25/04/14 08:16 Filed in: Bread
I have made sour bread once before on this blog. My sister-in-law-to-be originally introduced me to sour bread - Christmas, two years ago, giving me a wonderful present of a selection of flours, a proving basket and the most important thing of all - a sour bread starter.
All, was well and for over a year I improved my sour bread technique and enjoyed the rewards.
Alas, a five week trip away was too much for my Keith, the name of the starter in our extended family. He turned rather black and foul smelling - so - he had to go .
As a result I am working with a 3 month old starter. Compared to the first couple of batches, Keith2 is really hitting his strides - the second prove is now taking about four hours - compared to eight previously.
The sour flavour is also developing, and I am now producing consistent and light, sour bread.
I will definitely begin to experiment with some more enriched doughs, now the starter has stabilised.
Sour bread dough is different to yeast dough, in that it is wetter and stickier to work with. You can tell when the dough is ready by doing the “window pane” test. When you can pinch a piece of dough between two hands and it is almost translucent - i.e you could read a newspaper through it - then it is done. This is definitely a two hand and slap on the surface sort of dough!
Go on give it a go !! - Chiswick has some fantastic natural yeasts floating out there!!!
If you live in West London and would like some starter - please get in touch.
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Humus is a great side dish for BBQs, buffets or just served on its own with some delicious homemade flatbread.
This is a very quick recipe, dispensing with the need to soak chickpeas 24 hours before you want to eat them. Occasionally, I have been known to be sufficiently organised to plan ahead and get the preparation done. However, it is rare, so I fallback on cooked, canned chickpeas.
I think this recipe tastes pretty damn good - definitely better than the bland supermarket versions. (I concede that there are some fabulous delicatessen variations of humus about these days that are extremely good.)
The humus was originally served with Chicken Shish Taouk. The garlicky humus worked beautifully with the zingy moist coated chicken.
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