|London Rosemary Sourdough|
Not to be daunted, I set up a new starter right after arriving in Zuerich in July. After realising that the starter was the aphrodisiac of the fruit fly I mended my cavalier leaving-the-starter-on-the-counter ways, and opted to only take it out of the fridge and feed it when I wanted to bake a loaf of bread.
The new Swiss starter seemed a happy gurgling concoction, and it made a pretty fine loaf, but it is now beginning to smell of something akin to nail polish remover. It's really just an acetone-like, unappetizing blob. Strangely, it does still seem to yield pretty fab bread results.
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150gr starter (a little more than that won't hurt)
450-500gr flour (I like to mix it up and use various different kinds, but, of course, white bread flour works just fine.)
approx. 200ml warm water
Measure starter, flour, salt in bowl. Add water sparingly while stirring contents until it resembles a sticky ball and comes away from the sides of the bowl. Remove dough from bowl and place on a floured surface. (Have extra flour at the ready should you need more during the kneading process.)
Kneed dough for approx. 10 minutes until spongy. (Test sponginess by pressing finger into dough and watch for it to spring back into shape.) Place in covered, oiled bowl (so dough won't stick to surface) and let rise until dough has doubled. Stretch dough as if you were forming a pizza crust, then re-form into a ball, place back into covered bowl and wait for second rise. The dough should, again, approx. double in size. Both rises could take many hours, and the warmer the kitchen the better for dough rising. After the second rise place the dough on baking tray (we usually shape it into a ball again before doing this) and let rest for approx. 60 min. as it seems to prevent the base of the bread from splitting during the baking process. Slice the top of the loaf with a knife and bake at 230C (210C fan-assisted)/450F for 20 minutes, then lower the heat to 200C (180C fan-assisted)/390F and bake for 20 minutes more. Add a small tray of boiling water to the oven as you put the bread in for a shiny, brown crust.