Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bread 101

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaam Saaaaaaaaaahhhh

this is the mantra of our breath not of our tongue
this is the mantra of our life essence
this is the name of a modest organic farm in south india where i lived happily for a time

Farmer John and his lovely wife Swetha encourage all kind of wonderful experiments in sustainable living. Last year i had lived with an amazing sourdough bread baker (much love Yossi!) and experiencied his passion for the simplicity of sourdough bread. I've been cooking for some time, but at Hamsah i finally stepped up and bridged the gap into bread baking. The first couple came out much too sour and i had to develop a new starter, but after some loaves i finally developed a culture that didn't turn your face inside out.

(for those of you who don't follow, sourdough bread is made without packaged yeast, instead, you ferment flour and develop a bacteria culture from the local environment which helps the dough to rise.)

thanks to everyone who ate the bread regardless of how sour it was!

ragi tomatoe basil sourdough, and yeased rosemary

prepped ragi sourdough
look how much they rose!
starter success!!

the faithful oven
and finished loaves

1 comment:

  1. nice job, i want to build that oven and make that bread