I recently received news that the Loughborough culture has made it to Texas, USA.
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This week saw the launch of the Exponential Growth project in Loughborough. On Wednesday afternoon, fifteen people took part in sourdough bread-making workshops, making a variety of wheat, spelt and rye loaves. The bread came out delicious, if a little characterful in shape. Yesterday the bread was available to taste at a stall on Loughborough Market. Many passersby stopped for a bite and there was a lot of interest in the project. Over fifty people took some Loughborough culture away with them, far more than I had anticipated. By the end of the day I had run out of containters and recipe booklets, and was handing out starter culture in plastic cups. Next week the map will be updated.
Over the past few weeks, I have been growing the Loughborough culture. My first attemtpt at growing the culture resulted in an incrediably unappealing smell: I had left a plastic lid covering the culture, starving it of oxygen. A living culture needs to breathe, and I had suffocated it. Refreshing the culture with fresh flour and water every day and covering it with a cloth repaired the damage. I now have two bubbling bowls of starter culture.
I have been trying out recipes for sourdough bread in preparation for the launch events next week. I am learning that the two essential things in sourdough baking are Time and Temperature. My first rye loaf was pretty good, but I burnt the top. I made a large and delicious wheat sourdough and a small rye seeded loaf. The experiments continue.