Water, flour, sea salt, oil and vinegar are all you need to bake a great loaf of sourdough bread. One of the best things about creating your sourdough is its adaptability and creativity. Although many prefer the traditional, straightforward bake, switching things up and including different ingredients is also fun.
In celebration of Sourdough September and as Google searches increase by 150% for ‘best ingredients for sourdough bread’, food experts at HelloFresh want to share three additional ingredients to add to the homemade bread for that extra flavour!
Depending on your tastes, try experimenting with cheeses like parmesan, cheddar, brie, and blue cheese. For a subtle kick, add grated cheese to the top before baking, or leave the cheese in chunks for a delicious gooey bite.
One of the most popular sourdough additions is herbs. No matter what you choose, whether it’s rosemary, sage or oregano, sprinkle over the dough and then rub them in just like you would salt. If you’re looking for something more flavoursome, nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pine nuts and even shelled pumpkin seeds go particularly well with these ingredients.
Like it sweet?
Honey can be used in your sourdough to reduce the sour tang and act as a natural sweetener. With just a few teaspoons, honey will give the bread a sweet flavour that goes great with dried fruit and nuts.
Recipe development manager Mimi Morley from HelloFresh said: ‘Sourdough bread is a great alternative to other bread as it contains higher amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains lower levels of phytate, which helps your body to absorb the nutrients more easily.’