Friday, February 8, 2008

I *Heart* New Roma

New Roma is the name of my sourdough colony. And sweet lord, does she make excellent bread. That little colony makes the bread rise even more than commercial yeast does, all the while imparting a complex, subtly sour flavor.

I know some people who always add commercial yeast when baking with sourdough; they say the bread doesn't rise otherwise. I wonder what they are doing to their colonies. Maybe they don't feed them enough, or perhaps they never remove them from the fridge to warm up.

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