A good man is the friend of all living things. – Mahatma Gandhi
I just love a good picnic. Sun’s out, the gun’s are out and it’s afternoon’s on the rocky beaches of Montenegro with a backpack full of sangas and a bottle of rosé. It’s the simple things in life that make me happy…. especially when the fun revolves around food.
I’ve been trialling a few sourdough recipes over the last few months and I’ve finally found one I love – soft, sour and spongy on the inside with a hard crispy farmers loaf crust on the outside.
As most people know, a good sourdough is only made awesome with a good sourdough starter. When taken care of and fed regularly, a sourdough starter can last for years. And like most good things in life, they only get better with age!
I’ve been growing mine for about four months now, he’s called Sambo. I sing him rap songs and feed him twice a day and in return he helps me turn out some of the best bread I’ve made in years. It’s a winning relationship that just keeps on giving!
Sourdough is your healthy option when it comes to bread. More digestible than standard bread and packed full of healthy nutrients. It contains the bacteria Lactobacillus in a higher proportion to yeast than most other breads. Lactobacillus promotes lactic acids which encourage more vitamins and minerals to the body. The acids slow down the rate at which glucose is released into the blood-stream and lower the bread’s glycaemic index (GI).
I’ve adapted this Spelt sourdough from a recipe I found on The Clever Carrot where you will find loads of interesting information on sourdough’s and how to make yours extra awesome.
Crusty Spelt Sourdough
150g active, fed starter
3 tbsp olive oil
500g spelt flour (I used half white spelt, and half multigrain)
1 1/2 tsp himalayan salt
cornflour for dusting