Craft naturally leavened hearth breads from the comfort of your kitchen! Learn how to make sourdough bread and more with bread expert Richard Miscovich, as he shares essential sourdough techniques every bread baker should know. Create and care for your starter so that you're always ready to make fresh, flavorful bread. Learn alternative fermentation methods to speed up or slow down the process, making bread baking more realistic for your modern schedule. Master the classic French sourdough, pain au levain. Discover how versatile sourdough is by working your way through olive focaccia, rosemary and olive fougasses, whole-grain and tangy rye breads. You'll learn the classic French method of mixing dough and kneading by hand, but also pick up tips on the proper way to make dough using a stand mixer. Make your best bread yet with these time-honored techniques.
Once you have a healthy starter, use it to create a preferment, or levain, the leavening agent that is the base of your sourdough. You'll learn about the autolyse method, which holds back the salt in the early mixing of the dough to make strong gluten bonds. Richard demonstrates several ways to knead the dough, including the traditional French cutting method.
After your dough has rested, shape it into a long batard and a round boule, and then score their tops and bake them in the oven. Don't have a cloche? No worries; Richard will show you several methods for covering and baking loaves using ordinary kitchen equipment, and easy ways to create steam in your home oven.