Classic sourdough

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After the success of managing to get a sourdough starter going – it was time to put it to test! We are big fans of sourdough bread in the Little Birdie household and after the semi-success of my last two loaves of bread this had a lot to live up to! Luckily it was a relative success. My only disappointment was that I didn’t slash the top before cooking so it looked a little boring. This is a Paul Hollywood recipe from the BBC website. I do have the Paul Hollywood ‘How To Bake’ book and was going to try a recipe from there but wasn’t sure how much starter I had so opted for this recipe to make just one loaf. You will need 250g of sourdough starter.
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Sourdough starter

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Last year I spotted this recipe for blackberry sourdough scones. I never got round to making them, but at the time I investigated what was needed for a sourdough starter as both myself and Mr Birdie enjoy eating sourdough bread. I’m also keen to try Paul Hollywood’s raspberry and white chocolate bread which needs sourdough starter as part of the recipe. I decided that it was time to give it a go. If you look on the Internet there are lots of recipes for different starters using all sorts of different things like grapes and apples. I opted for this recipe from the BBC as it looked fairly simple. I have to say on day 5 I was worried that nothing was going to happen as my mixture looked like it wasn’t going to do anything but I persevered and as if by magic I was suddenly rewarded with a bubbling mixture. I’ve used it to make a classic sourdough and it worked so I must have done something right. It’s now sat it my fridge and I’m feeding it every five days. I plan to try out a few more sourdough recipes over the next few weeks.
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