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It's sweet to tweet about #SourdoughSeptember
Please remember: sourdough's not just for September!
The ninth month of the year is when the Real Bread Campaign goes on a mission to help everyone discover that: life’s sweeter with sourdough!
From 1-30 September, Real Bread bakers worldwide are encouraged to organise their own local events and activities to help share sourdough secrets and demystify the delicious delights of the oldest way of raising a loaf.
Two fantastic ways for people to fall in love with genuine sourdough are when it’s made into toast or used as a pizza base.
That’s why this year the Real Bread Campaign is also encouraging its supporters, friends and other leaven lovers to hold:
Here are some more ideas of activities bakeries, baking schools and others can organise:
And for the pizza people:
Once you decide, please ADD details to the Real Bread Campaign calendar
Across thirty days of sharing food, facts and fun, Real Bread bakeries, baking schools, mills and food festivals around the globe will be running sourdough classes, tastings, feasts and more to help everyone experience and enjoy the power of sour.
Events already added by Campaign supporters for 2016 include:
Many more will be added much closer to (and during) September.
Highlights of past years
To be kept up to date with the latest details, and to support us being able to run more events like this in the future, please join the Real Bread Campaign and we'll send you Breadcrumbs, our monthly enewsletter.
Slow Dough: Real Bread is the Real Bread Campaign’s first recipe book. It contains around 90 recipes for genuine sourdough and other long ferment Real Breads.
They range from a basic white loaf, to Laotian kalpao and Friesian fryske sûkerbôle. It is brought to life by around 70 full colour photographs by Victoria Harley.
The book will be published on 13 September 2016 (USA) and 15 September (UK) by Nourish Books.
Using a sourdough starter is the original (and some would say still the best) form of rasing a loaf of Real Bread.
Now, we're not talking the par-baked things that get rebaked in some supermarket loaf tanning salons, or other suspicious substitutes made using dried sourdough powder and commercial bakers' yeast....quite possibly with a lacing of artificial additives, and even hidden processing aids, to boot.
We mean genuine sourdough made with as little as just flour, water and salt, plus time and care. Real Bread bakers nuture the yeasts and bacteria naturally present in all flour to create a starter culture they then use to leaven luscious loaves.
In the hands of skilled bakers, what is the oldest and simplest recipe for Real Bread can also become the most delicious.
There is also growing evidence that genuine sourdough Real Bread made using long-fermentation with a live starter culture may have health benefits, too...
For much more about sourdough, click here.
It is both flattering and frustrating that some supermarkets and industrial loaf fabricators have spotted the increasing appetite for sourdough made by Real Bread bakers, and decided they want a slice of the action.
Sadly, what they are producing is not always genuine sourdough.
The 'ingredients' industry is busy concocting 'easy' and 'quick' packet mixes that try to replace time, skill and quality ingredients with a litany of flavourings, acidifiers, artificial additives, commercial yeast and allsorts.
Read labels, ask questions
Whenever you buy a sourdough loaf, it's worth asking how it was made and with what - genuine sourdough is made using a live sourdough culture (aka a starter or leaven) but NOT any of the following:
Baked products made using such things are what Real Bread Campaign cofounder Andrew Whitley calls pseudough.
Protection from misleading use of the word sourdough is included in our call for An Honest Crust Act.
If you have seen something sold under the name 'sourdough' that you just know isn't, take a photo of the ingredients list and the marketing claims and post them on Twitter during September using the #sourfaux hashtag.
You can find more than 100 places to learn to bake Real Bread on our classes and courses page, many of which share the secrets of sourdough.
Many also offer discounts to Real Bread Campaign supporters.
To seek out places to buy genuine sourdough Real Bread near you, visit our Real Bread Finder and check what sorts of loaves they've listed.
Real Bread Campaign supporters can download artwork to promote their events/activities.