In these housebound times, Americans have gone stark baking mad. Shut-ins are channeling their anxieties into pandemic pastries and quarantine cookies, some with icing piped in the shape of surgical masks, others frosted with the face of Dr. Anthony Fauci. Baking essentials such as yeast and flour are in short supply, and Google searches for bread recipes are on the… Read more »
When Dawn Foods invited five executive pastry chefs to its Donut Co-Creation Competition last year, the company wasn’t just looking to find the next big flavor or topping in donuts. Dawn Foods wanted to reinvent the donut much like the cronut did in 2013. Mathew Rice, executive pastry chef of Niche Media Group in Nashville, Tennessee, achieved that with his… Read more »
The survey examined consumer perception of, and interest in, sourdough, as well as any gaps in knowledge, in order to ascertain how best to communicate the health, history and flavour benefits of sourdough. Puratos UK, part of the international baking, patisserie and chocolate ingredients business, has reported there is significant growth potential for sourdough consumption in the UK following a… Read more »
Scientists need to develop a method to stabilize sourdough fermentation. The science in developing sourdough baked goods with specific nutritional functionalities also needs to be perfected, Professor Marco Gobbetti (main picture) said at an event organized by Puratos Romania. “The industry needs to consider sourdough as a cell factory. It is a complex of microbes that, if guided well, can… Read more »
Not so long ago, things weren’t looking so good for bread. It was all no-carb this and gluten-free that. Bread baskets disappeared from restaurants. Lettuce leaves replaced hamburger buns. Suddenly, a beloved staple of the human diet was no longer welcome at the dinner table. But now bread is back. Not just any bread, though. Not the white, spongy, pre-sliced… Read more »
The Puratos sourdough library specializes in strains of naturally fermented yeast cultures from around the world. This unique library houses samples of flour, water and starter from various countries, in an attempt to research the global biodiversity of sourdough bread. The wood-panelled library features a forest canopy on its ceiling, emphasizing its natural interest in organic matter. It stores over… Read more »
Sourdough and sour cultures have been used as part of food manufacturing since Ancient Egyptian times. Sourdough was used to give bread flavor and add volume to the loaves being baked. Modern research also suggests that sourdough could also remove mycotoxins from affected wheat. By Nathan Giles, Senior Bakery Technologist, Campden BRI Modern day fermentation for bread is achieved by… Read more »
Of the US$3.2 billion worth of sourdough sold in 2016, demand from the bread segment totaled US$2.36 billion.
Testing the durability of a sourdough starter
Puratos, leading innovator in the bakery, patisserie, and chocolate industry, has recently acquired BFL (Bakery Future Lines), an Italian family-owned company based in La Spezia (Liguria), active in B2B production of ingredients for bakers and specialized in innovating natural yeast and sourdough products.