When Bakers Delight states that their sourdough is "authentic", they are telling the truth. Traditional sourdough is made using a "mother dough", also known as a starter or vein (see top picture). The bakers at Bakers Delight use a part of that mother dough each morning to add to their sourdough mix, then once the baking is done for the day, they "feed" the mother dough and set it aside overnight to let it grow and ferment. This particular mother dough has been going strong since October 2010. I was surprised to find out that some mother doughs have been used for over 150 years! Imagine the delicious flavour in that!!
After the dough is mixed and kneaded in that massive mixer, the baker shapes the dough by hand into the required shape and size. The third picture down shows the baker marking the sourdough with traditional lines on the vienna, cob and breadrolls.
Next up, the loaves are placed in the ovens where its baked on hot stones. Let me tell you, when the sourdough comes out of the oven, the smell is absolutely divine!! The tops are deliciously golden and crunchy. It takes hours to make a loaf of sourdough and I'm sure it only lasts minutes on the shelves out the front! Here's the tip: if you want warm sourdough, make sure you hit your local Bakers Delight around 9.30-10am each morning.
The staff at Bakers Delight, Dapto were fabulous and I want to give them a huge shout out for all the hard work they put in every single day! I admire anyone who gets up before 3am to go to work!!
Pictured l-r: Adam, Beau and Shaun...bakers extraordinaire! Adam is an apprentice and his enthusiasm is going to take him far. Its great to see someone who so clearly loves their job. Beau was looking after the dough prep, and he was so fast! He didn't stop the whole three hours we were there. Shaun was in charge of the ovens, and he runs that station like a well oiled machine, churning out loaf after loaf. I would have expected that they'd have a written schedule of what they have to prepare and when, but these boys just know. Such a great team.
On the way out the door, Terry handed me a freshly baked sourdough loaf, which the family devoured smothered in melting butter. Oh yum!! So good.
From the Baker's Delight website...
No preservatives.Its true.
No artificial colouring.
No added flavours.
No added sugar.
No bleached flour (we use unbleached instead).
Made from scratch every day.
If it’s not sold today, it’s not sold.
Come back tomorrow to read all about Seth's experience of Bakers Delight, and then I have some delicious and simple sourdough recipes to share with you! Stay tuned...
Disclosure: I received complimentary Bakers Delight products for review purposes. No financial payment was offered nor accepted for this post. All opinions expressed are purely my own.