Here's Everything You Need to Make Sourdough Bread at Home
Make bakery-level bread in your own kitchen with these baking tools that upgrade basic boulés.
There's a reason why sourdough bread is having a moment: "You really only need flour, water and time," says HGTV social media editor Laura Susong, a recent bread-baking convert. "And magic!"
Since I have more of one of those components — time at home — than ever before, I've decided to use some of that to try sourdough baking. In my culinary school days, I learned all about the ratios of bread to water to yeast, kneading, rising and shaping, but baking yeast-free is a new adventure that's part skill and part luck and yes, part magic.
To create sourdough magic in your kitchen, you really only need a good recipe, some flour and a lot of patience, but here are a few of the almost-essential tools that helped me get started (and up my bread game.)
Glass Jar or Bin
A bench scraper will be your new best friend in the bread game: Use it to divide up your dough, easily scrape up sticky leftover bits of dough and shape the perfect loaf. I guarantee you'll find tons of other uses for it in the kitchen, too.
Cotton Bowl Covers
It might sound lame, but if you want to create Instagram-worthy designs on your bread, you'll need a scoring knife, also known as a bread lame. This tool makes it easy to try intricate patterns that are sure to impress your family and give your bread a professional baker vibe.
The Ultimate Cookbook
Once you've graduated from the basics, this book from acclaimed Portland baker Ken Forkish will help you perfect the classic rustic boule, make better pizza and get more consistent results.