What is sourdough bread?
Sourdough bread is a bread made from naturally occurring yeast and bacteria in flour. Sourdough bread contains only 3 ingredients water, flour and salt. The process begins by making a sourdough starter with a mix of grain and water that slowly ferment over a period of 5 days to develop naturally occurring wild yeast and bacteria. The starter is being fed with more flour and water each day. The sourdough starter is a natural leaven made of bacteria Lactobacillus that convert the simple sugars into lactic and other acids.
When mature the starter is added to flour, water and salt to make a bread dough. A long process of fermenting and rising is started (from 6 to 48 hours) that helps giving sourdough a special tangy flavor.
The benefits of sourdough
Just remember sourdough bread is still bread so as with everything else moderation is the key to good health
You can find many links on sourdough making, my favorites are the following:
Not to waste anything, leftover starters can be used to prepare crackers, pizza dough, pancakes....