Search This Blog

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Baking a Three-Flour Bread (Melette's Bread) with a Sourdough Starter

While visiting a friend recently, she became so enthusiastic about the idea of a sourdough starter, that she insisted we immediately start one for her as well. As I was staying over for a few days, it seemed a brilliant idea and we set about doing just that. Naturally, she wanted us to bake a loaf of bread with it as soon as it was ready. In honour of my visit I rummaged through her grocery cupboard (with permission)  and put together the following recipe from what I found. It turned out absolutely delicious and I will definitely bake this one again. Fortunately, I had my camera at hand and snapped photos of the process as we worked.

Start by adding 1 cup (250 ml) Cake Flour, 1 cup (250 ml) oats and 2 cups (500 ml) White Bread Flour to a mixing bowl.

Add 2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt.

Add 2 tablespoons (25 ml) sugar. Mix all the dry ingredients together. If you are not using a sourdough starter, you can add a packet of Instant Dry Yeast to the dry ingredients.

Melt 100 ml butter/margarine.

Warm a cup (250 ml) sour milk/amasi to lukewarm. If you are not using a sourdough starter, you can add a packet of Active Dry Yeast to the milk and wait for it to develop before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

Add a cup and a half (375 ml) sourdough starter along with the milk and butter.

Bring the dough together.

Knead thoroughly on a surface prepared with flour.

Cover and leave to rise to about double in size.

Once risen, knock back and knead through again.

Place the dough in a bread pan. cover and allow to rise again.

Brush with a egg yolk and sprinkle with  oats.

Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C for 45 minutes to an hour. Serve hot with butter.

Marietjie Uys (Miekie) is a published author. You can buy her books here:You can purchase Designs By Miekie 1 here.
Jy kan Kom Ons Teken en Verf Tuinstories hier koop.
Jy kan Kom Ons Kleur Tuinstories In hier koop.
Jy kan Tuinstories hier koop.
For more crafty ideas and great products, visit A Pretty Talent on Facebook.
Remember to keep nurturing your TALENT for making PRETTY things.
You can subscribe to this blog and receive regular updates by email by simply registering your email address at the top of the current blog.