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Sourdough bread in a bread maker? How about bagels?

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BroccoliSpears Mon 25-Aug-08 13:20:23

Thanks to mumsnet advice I am now making bloody marvelous bread in my bread maker.

Wondering about sourdough. Anyone make it at home, in a bread maker or otherwise?

How about bagels?

witchandchips Mon 25-Aug-08 13:28:20

I have made sourdough (although starter is sitting unloved in the fridge at the moment). I would not have thought it would work in a bread maker as yeast takes longer to work than commercial yeast and the amount of flour you use while kneading really varies depending on the heat of your kitchen or how "greedy" the dough is being.
Geting the recipe right is a bit of a trial and error and depends on the heat and moisture in your kitchen (and the times of day that best suit feeding your bread). I love the bread + reckon making sourdough is worth it if you use at least a small loaf a day AND have 10 mins to spare each morning and evening to feed, knead and bake

Lilymaid Mon 25-Aug-08 13:32:34

I think you have to cook bagel dough for a while in boiling water before baking them. At one time, Jewish bakers were not permitted to use ovens for the time it would take to cook bread, so they hit on the idea of partially cooking the dough in water before baking - or so it said on a TV programme years ago.

Lilymaid Mon 25-Aug-08 13:38:23

I've got a recipe book with a chapter on sourdough breads made with the use of a bread machine, but they are all made in several stages (some over several days) using the machine to make the starter and the dough. The final dough in all the recipes is then taken out of the breadmaker to rise and be shaped and is baked in an ordinary oven.

BroccoliSpears Mon 25-Aug-08 15:04:49

Hmmm. It would seem that sourdough is more complicated that I imagined. I suppose that's why it's not available much over here. You get it everywhere in the states though.

Bagels seem more doable. Will investigate further.

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