Did you know that we sell sourdough bread? Our sourdough is currently available at our Square shop in Nantwich on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
What Is Sourdough?
Most modern loaves are made with bakers yeast. Sourdough goes back to the origins of bread making when bakers yeast didn't exist. Instead, naturally occurring yeast is used to make the dough rise. It begins with a 'starter', a mix of flour and water which is left to ferment. It takes time and a lot of patience but is very rewarding.
We make our sourdough using local flour from 'Walk Mill' in Cheshire. The stone ground flour gives the bread a unique flavour and tasty crust and because it's local flour, there's less food miles involved.
What's so great about it?
There are loads of things that are great about sourdough. It has a slow fermentation process which gives it a distinctive tangy flavour, open texture and flavoursome crust. Sourdough has lactic acids that make the vitamins already in the loaf more readily available to the body. They also slow down the release of glucose into the blood stream. Terry Graham, a Canadian professor, led a study into the effects of bread on insulin levels, carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar. His team discovered that breads with a long fermentation process using natural yeasts resulted in the bread being digested more slowly, producing a smaller spike in blood sugar levels.