Do the words “sourdough bread” conjure a yearning for crusty, rustic loaves with yeasty, tangy aromas? You are not alone. A recent study showed the market value of sourdough increased from $298.7 million in 2014 to $2.4 billion in 2018. This slowly fermented bread honors the traditional art of baking and has a history dating back to 3000 BC in… Read more »
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 »
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 »
History and secrecy surround many of the “mother” doughs used by bakeries to create one of the world’s most ancient breads: sourdough.