Tim Brunton, head chef of The Boat House, Bangor shares his tips for making the most delicious sourdough loaf.

Sourdough bread is among the oldest types recorded in history and many people view it as among the healthiest to choose from – especially for those intent on reducing carbohydrate intake.

You have to plan ahead for this one but the result will be worth the effort.

Day 1

75ml/5 tbsp fresh, live, full-fat, plain yoghurt

175ml/6fl oz skimmed milk

2 dried figs

1 apple sliced

Day 2

120g/4oz strong white flour

Day 3  

Leave to sit

Day 4

180g/6oz strong white flour

100ml/3½fl oz water

40ml/3 tbsp milk

Day 5

150g/5½oz strong white flour

150ml/5½fl oz water

 

Method

On day one, heat the milk in a saucepan over a gentle heat. Place the

yoghurt into a bowl and stir in the warmed milk and ad the fruit. Cover and

leave in a warm place for 12-24 hours until thickened. Stir in any liquids that

may have separated.

On day two, stir the flour into the yoghurt, incorporating evenly. Cover and

leave at room temperature (about 20C) for two days. The mixture should be full

of bubbles and smell pleasantly sour.

On day four, add the flour to the starter with the water and the milk. Cover

and leave at warm room temperature for 12-24 hours.

On day five the starter should be quite active now and be full of little

bubbles. Remove half of the starter and discard. Add the flour and the water to

the remaining starter and mix thoroughly. Cover and leave at warm room

temperature for 24 hours.

On day six the starter should be ready to use. You can keep the starter at

room temperature, but you will need to feed it daily. Combine equal parts of

the starter, water and flour and mix thoroughly. You may have to discard some

of the starter so that you do not end up with too much. Keep covered and use as

needed.

If baking less often keep the starter covered in the fridge, feeding it once

every five days or so by mixing equal parts of starter, flour and water. You

can freeze some of your starter too, as a back-up in case you need to start again.