If you follow us social media you may have noticed that I have been obsessed with tiger nut sourdough. I am gluten intolerant and I really miss bread, not the packaged highly-processed gluten free cardboard bread, but proper REAL bread! Making sourdough is a traditional skilful art and as I am not a baker, have had no real idea how to make one – or even if it would work. Also making sourdough with gluten free flour is trickier than working with gluten. Add to that there are no recipes (yet) for tiger nut sourdough so you can see this isn’t a simple problem but one that really needs a real expert to solve.
Sourdough is a lovely, crusty loaf made in a traditional way, using wild yeasts that produce lactic and acetic acids that ferment the dough which create its characteristic delicious tangy flavour. The process also creates a more digestible bread that is better for your gut.
I was thrilled to meet Naomi Devlin recently at a fermenting workshop recently where she demystified fermented foods for me and inspired me to have a go. Naomi is author of two of my favourite books, River Cottage Gluten Free, and Food for a Happy Gut, and she really knows her stuff. Naomi is working on a recipe now and although she hasn’t perfected the recipe yet and she promises me she will let me know as soon as she has.
I have also come across DelishKitch who have the MOST amazing range of tiger nut sourdoughs here . Just look at how amazing their TigerROO loaf is, a sourdough made from tiger nut flour, rosemary, oregano and olive! I so badly want a slice, but unfortunately for me they are based in Canada, which is too far for me to go! In the meantime, I thought I’d have a go first to learn how to bake a sourdough, and second then to develop a recipe I can share. My first attempts at sourdough tasted ok-ish but were not very pretty! I got muddled up and forgot to turn the dough out of the proving basket before baking, so I guess it’ll take me a bit of practice to get it right!
If you’d like to have a go at making sourdough you can download Naomi’s recipe for a gluten-free sourdough starter here. If you are a sourdough baker and would like to try to collaborate with us – get in touch, I’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, I am going to work on creating a totally tiger nut flour starter – and practice my sourdough skills!