Making a sourdough starter – with Laura Lewis

I love sourdough bread – I like the flavour, I like that it uses naturally occurring yeast and bacteria – and I’m convinced that its healthier than dried yeast breads.

One of keys to making good sourdough bread is getting a good starter – the starter being the naturally occurring yeast and bacteria mix that cause the bread to sour and also to rise. In this programme we talk about how you can make your starter yourself. It may or may not be quite as tasty or effective as the ones you buy but one of the nice things about it is that it will be unique to you and the place you live in.

Laura Lewis is co-owner or Indigo Bakeries – who have a stall at the Otago Farmers Market every Saturday morning. She and her husband cook some fabulous breads, half of which are sourdough breads.

In this show Laura and I discuss what the main principles are for making our starter, different starter types, and she provides a sourdough starter recipe to get you started!

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This programme was originally broadcast on  the  15th January 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.

Laura Lewis and co-owner Alan Lewis

in their kitchen


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