Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly baked bread? And what is more delicious than the smell of a freshly baked sourdough loaf? We certainly can’t think of anything better!
And neither can the guys behind Sourdough September! This is the one month of the year during which sourdough is celebrated and people are encouraged to try to start their very own starter that they will be able to use to make bread.
It’s a great way to get into baking if you have never tried before, and you will certainly be able to find some great local events where you can show off your attempts at bread and can sample some from the pros!
History Of Sourdough September
Every September since 2013 has been known as Sourdough September. Even though this month might just have a very short history so far, it has certainly grown in popularity over just a few years.
It was the brainchild of the Real Bread Campaign, who are trying to spread knowledge of all things bread so that households all over the world are less likely to rely on factory made and processed loaves from their local supermarket.
By spreading their love of sourdough, the initiative wants to get more and more people baking and appreciating locally baked and artisanal loaves that are often a lot healthier than shop-bought bread options.
How to celebrate Sourdough September
It doesn’t matter whether you are already super experienced with baking sourdough or you have never attempted to bake any kind of bread before – there will be a lot of things you can do to get involved with Sourdough September! If you want something easy, then you can always just donate some money to the associated charity.
Think you could do with learning a bit more on the true art of sourdough? You will then be able to really appreciate this special kind of bread! There’s certainly a lot to learn and read up on, and there will be plenty of literature available throughout the whole of the month. It’s worth checking the Real Bread Campaign’s website to see some of their suggested readings. Once you have clued yourself up, you will then easily be able to tell a true sourdough from a “sourfaux”!
Then, if you are feeling confident, you could even start a sourdough starter. After a few days of fermentation, you will be able to use this starter to make your very first loaf of sourdough bread! Why not let your friends and family have a taste to see what they think?
Lots of bakeries will put on regular events as well. These can be anything from sourdough tastings to bakery classes, and are a fun way to meet up with others who want to find out more about this kind of bread and the various flavorings and additions that bakers tend to add.
We don’t think you “knead” any more persuading to get involved with the next Sourdough September! Have a tasty one!