Sourdough September, not just a good use of sibilance (GCSE English eat your heart out), but a celebration of one of the best baking trends since, well, sliced bread.
Sourdough September, launched in 2013 by the Real Bread Campaign, is a chance for all the sourdough bakers to showcase their lactobacillus cultured wares. Because did you know that the baking process for sourdough is different to normal bread? Of course you did, but I had to head to fount-of-all-knowledge Wikipedia to discover that it’s made without regular yeast that reacts with gluten making the dough rise, and instead using naturally occurring lactobacilli and yeast. Okay, enough of the science, here’s the food…
There’s not a crumb of information Beyond Bread don’t know about baking sourdough. Churning out a solid 120 loaves a day from their Fitzrovia and Islington cafés, Beyond Bread bakeries are the natural place to head during Sourdough September. Sit down in their café and enjoy a recipe that’s been years in the making. Literally, their starter is over three years old. The result is a sourdough that’s composed of brown rice flour and buckwheat flour and rises over 48 hours. While Beyond Bread can be found in Wholefoods and Selfridges, make the most of it by heading to their cafés in Fitzrovia and Islington.
Where: 267 Upper Street, Islington, N1 2UQ
A five star hotel might not be the first place you’d think to find sourdough, but then you’ve not reckoned with the The English Grill at The Rubens at the Palace. They’re all over Sourdough September with their avocado burrata toast on sourdough bread. The menu item, using only English burrata, fresh avo and heritage tomatoes has been tweaked from Founder and President Bea Tollman’s tomato burrata and is offered on The English Grill’s à la carte lunch and dinner menu.
Where: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0PS
Nearest station: London Victoria (0.2 miles)
Franco's sourdough IS here
Franco Manca really is the house that sourdough built. Arguably London’s best pizza chain (and I’d be the one doing the arguing) they only use sourdough bases and the result is predictably fine. Their dough is made on-site every day and has been since 2008. Any sourdough round-up in London would be impossible without including Franco Manca.
Where: Various across London, but try 51 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8SJ
This really is the veganning
Genesis is the first word in everything hipster. The new opening, is in Shoreditch, is a plant based, vegan hangout and arrives in the middle of Sourdough September. Of course they are going to eb playing a strong Sourdough September hand. And they are, with their Kale Caesar Salad, topped with a creamy cashew & umeboshi dressing and crunchy sourdough croutons and Genesis’s Sobrasada ‘Chorizo on Toast’ combines vegan chorizo (what is this witchcraft?) spread and sundried tomatoes all on a massive wedge of sourdough toast.
Where: 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6NU
Scream sourdough ice ream
More pizza, this time from those crafty folks over at Craft London who have sourdough pizzas in their cafe all day long, everyday. The three storey hipster hangout out east is the work of Stevie Parle and comes with all the attention to detail that that brings. Not least excellent sourdough! So good that they also use it regularly in their ice cream as well!
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Designed for the Instagram generation this is is both supremely tasty and as well as being one of the best avo on toasts in the capital, the pretty dish is also on a base of freshly baked sourdough. Enjoy only at M Victoria and Threadneedle Street, enjoy the brunch dish topped with crème fraiche, feta and an optional egg (take the egg). The perfect start to the day!
Where: 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8HP
Nearest station: Bank (0.2 miles)