One of my challenges this month has an option to use a mature sourdough starter.
Well, we tried a sourdough starter once before and ended up throwing it out as it was a bit TOO sour or otherwise known as rancid. And I don't really have time this month to faff about trying something that I'm not terribly confident will work.
So, I went and ordered ready-made sourdough starter from the kitchen of THE Richard Bertinet.
And when you see the price, you'll think I've gone off my rocker. Yes, I feel guilty about it.
But, today I made the first loaves of bread I have made in years! And they are a success. I made wholemeal but I'll maybe do a more traditional white one for my next loaf. They are soft and chewy with a crispy crust and they have a distinctive sour tang. Much more tasty than shop-bought with our soup at lunchtime.