What is sourdough?    20th March, 2008

Sourdough is a bread made from the natural occurring yeast and bacteria in flour.

In traditional sourdough recipes, you’ll find three ingredients: sourdough starter (which consists of flour and water), salt and flour. There is no yeast, no milk, no oils and no sweeteners.

It’s about as natural as you get when it comes to bread.

What Makes Sourdough Special?

Ask anyone who’s eaten sourdough and they’ll tell you that the tang is what makes it special. I agree, and in fact the signature tartness of sourdough bread comes from the same bacteria that gives yogurt and sour cream their pucker too....that is, lactobacilli.

It’s found naturally in wheat flour, along with wild yeast (naturally occurring), and comes to life, so to say, when the flour is mixed with water.

Here’s a very simple explanation of the process:

wheat flour + water –> natural enzymes break down starches into glucose (sugar)

natural bacteria (tang) + glucose = food for wild yeast

natural yeast + food = carbon dioxide –> natural leaven

natural leaven + more flour + more water –> more natural leaven

So basically you start with flour and water. Nature takes its course and over time, you have a mixture that contains enough leaven (wild yeast) to make bread rise. Pretty cool, right? Who knew doing so little could yield such an amazing result!

William Arnott, inaugural inductee into Maitland City Hall of Fame  7th July 2016

Some of Maitland’s most successful academics, business people, politicians, artists and sportspeople have become the inaugural inductees into the Maitland City Hall of Fame.

A total of 25 individuals local heroes, including Athel D’Ombrain, Ruth Cracknell, William Arnott, Les Darcy, Cheryl Kernot, Garry Barton and Ken Tubman, are being inducted, 15 posthumously.

The inductees, their families and friends and civic leaders took part in the historical event which was held on Thursday at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. After the ceremony the Hall of Fame went live on council’s website and includes a short biography and photo of each inductee.

Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore said it is important to recognise those who have made a significant contribution in their fields and to our community.

The Maitland City Hall of Fame will continue to grow over time with nominations for the 2017 induction already open. See the Maitland City Hall of Fame.