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What is your method? | Sourdough Companion

What is your method?

I've been lambasted again by the usenet sourdough people because I seem to be out of the loop concerning HOW sourdough method is accomplished. As you all know, on my site I give my technique, and it makes pretty darn good sourdough. So please instruct me as to the correct method of sourdough bread making and baking. Actually I really would like to learn all of the current methods, I just don't see why people get so religious about it! I have read of ways of folding and stretching, and how to handle really wet dough to acheive the holeyness. I guess I have a hard time understanding why anyone would go to all of this trouble. I don't handle a really wet dough, my bread always seems to come out "holey". Please instruct me! What is your method ? Thanks,Teresa


Teresa, if it works for you then stick with it. If everybody did the same thing we would not have the variety of sourdough breads that we have.

So far as I am concerned, so long as you are using a pure sourdough starter then that is all that matters. Sometimes I stretch and fold, and other recipes I knead for 15 minutes.

If you want to try a sticky stretcher then I suggest Dom's Pane Francese


Thanks Bill, I printed out the directions and believe I will take your advice!