Sourdough bread, I have been postponing this letter for quite a while now, but this doesn’t mean that I love you less. On the contrary, my love for you grows stronger and stronger, like the wild yeast that lives inside you. No store bought bread can be compared with you, you are unique, powerful and yet simple. Simple by origin, but a bit tricky to know and understand you. After some time being acquainted with you, one cannot turn his back nor forget you, because what you offer is truly life changing. You show us how life can be simple, but it takes knowledge, patience and persistence to earn the big revelation. It is a privilege to have you in my daily life, and I really do wish that with this letter, I will incite the minds of others, to come back to a simpler, yet extraordinary time.
I don’t know exactly how long it’s been since I said that I wanted to bake my own bread, the first time I said that, I was still in University, and that my friends, was ten years ago 😮 but hey, who’s counting?! am I right?! haha and what do I say a lot around here, better late than never! So last weekend I decided to try my luck….I went to the kitchen and started all from scratch! To tell you the truth, this is not foreign land to me, when I was in my teens and living with my aunt, I would help her to bake breads all the time, I was always in charge of the kneading! And if I would have continued baking bread even after I moved out, I would surely not have struggled as I did this time by kneading a bread for fifteen minutes, talk about weak arms…hahaha It was hard choosing a recipe, I didn’t want an american recipe because sometimes I just don’t wanna do the measurements conversions, its annoying sometimes (couldn’t we just all use the same measurements for everything?!). So I ended up searching for a brazilian recipe, and chose this one! We, Brazilians, know this bread as “Australian Bread”, but I am almost positive that this bread does not exist in Australia! hahaha it has that name because this bread is served at the famous “Outback” restaurants in Brazil…funny right?! hahaha So to make it simple, it’s a black bread! (but I’ll always call it australian bread! haha).