Author(s): Chris Young
Baking bread is an ancient craft; kneading the dough to produce a loaf is a fulfilling experience. But in industrial production, and even in the modern kitchen, one important ingredient is often left out of bread making - time. As the experienced bakers from the Real Bread Campaign will tell you, long and slow is far more satisfying than a quick finish. A long-proved loaf has more time to develop flavour, has a better texture and, in the case of genuine sourdough, might actually have health benefits. Slow Dough: Real Bread shares with you secrets from the experts on how to make a huge array of slow-rise breads at home - from basic brown, white and rye breads, to impressive loaves such as fig and fennel sourdough or goat's cheese and honey maslin, to a range tea breads, pizza doughs and classic international breads. You'll learn how to make different starters for different breads, as well as the fundamental processes: fermenting, kneading, proving, and baking. Treating Real Bread with the respect it deserves, there are also recipes - such as gingery treacle tart, breadcrumb pakoras and panzanella - for using up any that you may have left over, so you don't waste a crumb. In a world of mass-production and unnecessary artificial additives, this book about real craftsmanship is like a breath of fresh air.
Chris Young is the coordinator of The Real Bread Campaign and the curator of the wonderful selection of recipes in this book, which includes many of his own. The Campaign has been running since 2008, sharing the delicious delights of Real Bread, championing local, independent bakeries that make additive-free loaves, and encouraging people to bake their own Real Bread at home.