Sourdough: The power of three

Sourdough September invites the world to revel in the amazing alchemy of crafting as little as flour, water and salt into delicious, nutritious Real Bread

Photo © Sutton Community Farm

Photo © Sutton Community Farm

The annual, international celebration of genuine sourdough, and the people who make it is back for the seventh year running.

The Real Bread Campaign is again rallying loaf lovers worldwide for a whole month dedicated to the oldest (and many people say the best) way of leavening a loaf.

Life’s sweeter with sourdough!

What’s doughing on?

Real Bread bakeries, baking schools and other fermentalists will be running genuine sourdough events and activities including classes, tastings, feasts, pizza nights and sourdough starter giveaways.

#SourdoughSeptember is always celebrated on social media by thousands of people posting photos of genuine sourdough they’ve baked or bought.

New for 2019, the Campaign is encouraging novices to post their #sourdoughnewbie pics, and even non-bakers to share their #sourdoughsandwich shots.

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Sourdough vs. sourfaux

At its simplest, genuine sourdough is made using just three ingredients. From these, novice home bakers and true artisans alike can nurture the yeasts and bacteria naturally present in flour to foster a thriving sourdough starter culture. It’s this microbial magic that, given sufficient time, makes dough rise and may have other benefits.

The Real Bread Campaign encourages everyone to say no to sourfaux: loaves marketed as sourdough but made using baker’s yeast and/or food additives. In the UK, there is no legal definition of many bakery marketing terms, meaning there is little to nothing to protect shoppers from being misled by the misuse of this and wholegrain, freshly-baked, and artisan.

The Real Bread Campaign is run by the food and farming charity Sustain. People can support the charity’s work by joining the Campaign at:

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