Which Flour to Use for Sourdough Bread

If you’re a complete beginner, organic strong white bread flour made from hard wheat is the best option. This flour will:

give you the easiest and strongest gluten development will be easiest to knead and shape will give the best rise in the oven

Using non-organic flour:

– gives a less flavorful loaf – still gave a good rise and structure to the bread – made my sourdough starter smell much more acidic and ‘chemically’ (rather like nail varnish) – sourdough starter seemed less active

Using organic flour:

– My sourdough starter smelled more like ‘baked bread’ or ‘fruity beer’ – gave a much more complex flavor profile – sourdough starter became very active and gave good rise

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