• 7 tips for making bakery quality sourdough at home

from our favourite london-based baker, Florin Grama

Florin from Pophams Bakery
 
We interviewed Florin for our Sunday newsletter last year, and as we're obsessed with his culinary creations, we got back in touch to ask him the question that's on a lot of peoples' minds right now... 
how do you make the perfect sourdough? 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


photo: @floringrama_


TIP ONE 

Make your own sourdough starter. Don’t buy it or get it from a bakery. If you can pass through this stage then you have already established your patience.

 

 
 
photo: @floringrama_
 


TIP TWO 

Environment plays a major role in baking sourdough. Adapt your process based on how cold or hot your kitchen is. A thermometer will be very helpful as the temperature of the water is important in getting your fermentation right.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
photo: @floringrama_
 

TIP THREE

The best way of knowing if your starter is ready to use is by doing the floating test. Put a small piece of starter in water and if it floats you are ready to go.

 

 
 
 
 

TIP FOUR

As domestic ovens are terrible for baking, I would suggest investing in a Dutch Oven.

 

 
 
 

TIP FIVE  

There is life beyond boring white flour, and a sea of flavour. Why not try stoneground white, wholemeal, rye, spelt, einkorn or emmer. These are nutritious and flavourful flours.

 

 
 
 
florin baking in his mahabis flow slippers
 

TIP SIX

Read Tartine Bread  by Chad Robertson; it explains in detail how to make a classic sourdough. Read about Final Dough Temperature and Baker’s percentage. It is a quick read but good info to have.

 

 
 
 

TIP SEVEN

Be patient and allow yourself time. Don’t aim for your loaf to look perfect – that takes time. But rather focus on the flavour.

 

 

 


 

 

live near London? want to win a private pastry workshop with florin and 3 friends? 

Pophams Bakery is running a raffle to raise money for Help Refugees' emergency coronavirus appeal. tickets are £2 each and there are great prizes!  

get your tickets here.

 

 

7 tips for making bakery quality sourdough at home

from our favourite london-based baker, Florin Grama

Florin from Pophams Bakery
 
We interviewed Florin for our Sunday newsletter last year, and as we're obsessed with his culinary creations, we got back in touch to ask him the question that's on a lot of peoples' minds right now... 
how do you make the perfect sourdough? 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


photo: @floringrama_


TIP ONE 

Make your own sourdough starter. Don’t buy it or get it from a bakery. If you can pass through this stage then you have already established your patience.

 

 
 
photo: @floringrama_
 


TIP TWO 

Environment plays a major role in baking sourdough. Adapt your process based on how cold or hot your kitchen is. A thermometer will be very helpful as the temperature of the water is important in getting your fermentation right.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
photo: @floringrama_
 

TIP THREE

The best way of knowing if your starter is ready to use is by doing the floating test. Put a small piece of starter in water and if it floats you are ready to go.

 

 
 
 
 

TIP FOUR

As domestic ovens are terrible for baking, I would suggest investing in a Dutch Oven.

 

 
 
 

TIP FIVE  

There is life beyond boring white flour, and a sea of flavour. Why not try stoneground white, wholemeal, rye, spelt, einkorn or emmer. These are nutritious and flavourful flours.

 

 
 
 
florin baking in his mahabis flow slippers
 

TIP SIX

Read Tartine Bread  by Chad Robertson; it explains in detail how to make a classic sourdough. Read about Final Dough Temperature and Baker’s percentage. It is a quick read but good info to have.

 

 
 
 

TIP SEVEN

Be patient and allow yourself time. Don’t aim for your loaf to look perfect – that takes time. But rather focus on the flavour.

 

 

 


 

 

live near London? want to win a private pastry workshop with florin and 3 friends? 

Pophams Bakery is running a raffle to raise money for Help Refugees' emergency coronavirus appeal. tickets are £2 each and there are great prizes!  

get your tickets here.

 

 

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