Friday, 6 May 2011
For reasons still unexplained, around three weeks ago I was consumed by the insatiable urge to make my own sourdough. I'm laying most of the blame at the door of the lovely new blog I've discovered Cityhippyfarmgirl.
Doing some research a few things quickly became obvious.
1. There are a lot of different methods out there.
2. Making your own starter and breads uses masses of flour.
3. Flour is very expensive in the supermarkets.
4. The whole process takes A LOT of time!
I decided that while I was starting out I needed to choose a method and stick with it. At least until I have enough experience to know what I am doing. Living not too far from Surry Hills, it seemed rude not to go with the Bourke St Bakery method. The book was a third of the price in the UK so I ordered it from there!
Next up was the problem of the flour. A quick exchange of comments with Cityhippyfarmgirl took me to Harkola in Auburn to buy 12.5kg of Manildra flour $13. What a bargain! It nearly broke my back carrying it back to the station. Why is my car on the wrong continent?
Solving the first three problems so quickly isn't bad. I'm sure there will be many more to come.
However, the problem of time is still vexing me. I'm planning another blog post before I start baking and hoping for a bit of help from the blog-o-sphere!
To give myself something to ponder I bought a loaf of Bourke St Bakery sourdough on the weekend. A high standard to live up to!