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How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough

Roly Allen



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Laurence King
11 May 2020
Cookery, food & drink; Cakes, baking, icing & sugarcraft
How to Raise a Loaf - All you need to become a master sourdough baker!

How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough is a new accessible guide to bread baking by amateur baker Roly Allen.

Want to learn to bake bread without over-complicated recipes and pages and pages on kneading technique? This new book makes the key techniques of traditional baking easy to understand, with step-by-step photo instructions and a simple overview of the magical processes that turn wild yeasts into a living baker's starter, and a bowl of flour into a glowing crusty loaf. Recipes include rye loaves, sourdough pizza, grissini, rolls and more, as well as suggesting surprising flavours (think chocolate, tomato, olives and linseed) to incorporate into your sourdough bakes.

You don't need to be an expert baker to make your own sourdough at home; though once you're hooked, and want to get fancy, the book will tell you what lames, bannetons, brushes and stones to invest in.

Sourdough is one of the biggest stories in food, with a whole generation converting to the rich flavour of the bread. In How to Raise a Loaf, Roly Allen promotes the health benefits of this probiotic bread, as well as the mindful quality to baking; With music on in the background, and no goal in mind other than the loaf you're working on, it is easy to slip into a state of mental 'flow', when you don't notice time passing, your worries slip away, and mind and body become deeply relaxed. When times are bad, this mental and emotional reset is better than anything.

The small format and clear instructions make this the perfect baking guide for beginners!
By:   Roly Allen
Imprint:   Laurence King
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 205mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   310g
ISBN:   9781786275783
ISBN 10:   1786275783
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   11 May 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roly Allen only baked his first sourdough loaf because he thought it would be difficult and he wanted a challenge. To his surprise, it turned out to be incredibly simple. He now shares his expertise and techniques, volunteering at a community bakehouse.

Reviews for How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough

Almost sounds like a childcare manual...But this is an easy-to-follow guide to baking sourdough. Roly Allen makes creating and maintaining a starter look like child's play: his book is sure to get more people making their own sourdough and going beyond the basic recipes. - The Bookseller Baking sourdough and banana breads at home has become the resounding Instagram hobby during isolation. This cookbook from Roly Allen will help you make the ultimate loaf. - Vogue From a beautifully pink beetroot-speckled loaf to a fragrant sundried tomato and black olive sourdough and a rich chocolatey variation that goes perfectly with ice cream, these original recipes will definitely enliven your lockdown baking. Spread thickly with a pat of butter and you'll never look back. - Stylist Baking books can be intimidating. This is the opposite: light, clear, concise, easy to follow, foolproof. If you've just caught the bug or want to give sourdough baking a go, this is the book for you. - Tome Morrissy-Swan, The Daily Telegraph

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