Sourdough from starter, revisited


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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10 Responses

  1. Daily Spud says:

    Probably the most dramatic bread-eating story ever! Will be sure to chew carefully in future and treat sourdough with the respect it deserves 🙂

  2. Caroline says:

    It was a rather dangerous year all round. Still loving the sourdough though!

  3. After reading this, I’ll be treating sour dough bread with a lot more respect! I’m addicted to it, so will definitely try your recipe Caroline. Thanks!

    • Caroline says:

      I’m sure this isn’t a regular thing for people eating sourdough – I think that 2005 was just a dangerous year for me!

      Let me know how you get on with making your own. I’m always here for Twitter support if necessary.

  4. Geraldine says:

    I’m looking forward to trying this.

    I’ve just one question though- when you say cover it (Day 1) are you sealing the kilner jar?

    • Caroline says:

      I cover it with a teatowel or just leave the lid ajar. Don’t seal the jar or you’ll miss out on picking up those wild yeasts! I’ve changed the recipe to reflect your query – please do let me know if there’s anything else you need answered.

  5. Mandy says:

    Hi Caroline – I’m feeling inspired to try and make your sourdough bread – thought it would be useful for helping feed the masses at Ngaio (14 adults and 6 children!) Just wondering, how big are the baskets you use? Would plastic bowls do the same thing?

    • Caroline says:

      To be honest Mandy, it’s a lot of work for something that will get hoovered up in a minute by that gang! While it makes plenty bread for a household of two adults, two smallies, it wouldn’t even fill the corners for your crew. But, if you still want to do it, I’ll definitely give you a hand. The baskets I use are about 24cm (approx 10 inches) and the reason I use them is that the loose weave allows air to circulate. You might be better with a couple of teatowel-lined colanders than the bowls.

      • Mandy says:

        I thought you might say that! Maybe January just isn’t the right time for me to be getting back to ‘the good life’! Still tempted to try it sometime though. Thanks.

        • Caroline says:

          We could always do it together when I’m over – I would love to start a new starter. Get plenty of bread flour in and we’ll give it a try and see how many we can feed with our own bread! Now, all I need is a woodfired oven…

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