Basically we consider Sourdoughs to be 2 different main groups.
There is what would be considered a true “Sourdough”, and what we would describe as a “Generic Sourdough”.
The “Generic Sourdough” seems to be the common way most commercial bakeries go these days. So what is a “Generic Sourdough”?
“Generic Sourdough” to us is just a regular flour dough (be it white or wholemeal) using a commercial type yeast (to leaven the dough) and Bread Dough Improver.
To give the bread a “Sour” taste an additive is introduced, be it a powder or liquid (Vinegar can even be used). This whole process can go from the flour bag and out of the oven in less than 3 hours.
This Bread is a much lighter loaf than a “Traditional Sourdough”.
To us a true “traditional” Sourdough is basically made from the ground up so to speak.
Our Traditional Sourdough (without giving too much of our process away) has a four step process.
Initially we start with a “Mother Dough”. This dough is where it all begins. We continually feed this dough and carve off a portion to mix into new Sourdough Bread dough. Just to elaborate, our “mother dough” was started naturally cultivating natural air and grain born yeasts.
We mix the new Bread Dough and let it rest for at least 12 hours before adding more flour and water. This period allows time for the yeasts and enzymes to naturally break down the flour.
A bit of a disclaimer here: If you do your own research, you may come to the conclusion that this process enhances the flour flavour, and may also enable more nutrients to be available for digestion, and may reduce allergen reactions. (Sorry can’t testify to this, we just make the bread).
Ok! Lets get back on track. This new dough, after resting for at least 12 hours has more flour and water added along with vegetable oil, and Sea Salt.
The dough is then cut into sizes and trayed ready to prove. After another period of 5 to 8 hours, the product is baked and ready for your table.
Additionally we offer a “Natural Flavoured” Soughdough. This particular Bread offers a mild “Tang” of Soughdough Flavour.
A crust much like a “Tradional Sourdough”, the bread itself has a lighter “crumb” similar to a regular bread Loaf.
(Disclaimer: This bread is made with our normal bread dough, mixed with our own cultured Sough dough giving it the “Natural” flavour).
So now it comes back to you asking yourself.
“Which bread do you want to eat?”
Of course our Sourdoughs can be ordered to have the Biohawk Gluten and Allergen Digested Treatment.