Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sourdough Bread (Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge)

As a member of the Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge, I've been baking bread weekly (more or less) and posting about these breads in the order that they appear in the book. I baked this particular bread out of order however, because I wanted sourdough bread for my Thanksgiving stuffing. You can read about my surprisingly successful attempt here, so I won't go into the actual details of how it all went down. This repost is to put the bread in its proper order for the Challenge, but perhaps even more importantly it's to offer some information that many of you may not already know.

While basic sourdough bread is made from white wheat flour and does not contain the nutrients and fiber of a whole grain bread, it does hold value when it comes to blood sugar control. The acidic nature of sourdough not only delivers tanginess to the final product, it also mediates the glycemic impact of the white wheat flour that is used. The glycemic response is less with sourdough because the acid slows the emptying of the stomach, thereby slowing the delivery of glucose to the bloodstream. Research has shown that this anti-glycemic effect can last through to the next meal, slowing the emptying of the stomach even a few hours later. This delayed emptying also translates into a fuller feeling that lasts longer. Great news for dieters, eh?

I hope this all doesn't come off as preachy or sound like I'm a dietician. Remember, I used to think that you could get rid of some of the calories in bread by toasting it (geeze, what a dolt!) I'm just a gal trying to get the biggest bang for my caloric buck and if little tips like this have helped me, I'm hoping there are a few others like me out there who will also benefit from this knowledge.

15 comments:

lakegirl said...

Mags - Your bread is beautiful! Bread baking is one of my 2010 blogging goals. Trying to decide what book to buy!

June said...

Beautiful! I sure didn't know about the blood sugar control dealy, but I'll be makin' SD my bread of choice (as soon as it enters my moderation program). LOL

Dimitry said...

The bread looks great thanks for sharing, I'm new at baking bread just baked my first 10 loaves 2 weeks ago and planing to bake another 10 this Saturday. I build a wood burning oven in my back yard so now I'm practicing my baking skills.

Great pics

Cristie said...

I've been baking bread for 100 years and I didn't know about the blood sugar, etc. Thanks for the info. Your bread is beautiful. How do you get the beautiful swirl of flour on top?

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

That is great info...and the bread looks fantastic!

Mags said...

lakegirl: I really think you'd love Bread Baker's Apprentice. It really taught me a lot.

June: I'm trying to hold off on the bread for a bit too. Hoping to add it back in next week.

Dimitry: I'd love to have a wood burning oven just for bread/pizza baking. I'm jealous!

Christie: Thanks! I used a floured brotform bowl and that's what left that pretty floured design.

Carrie: Thank you!

Moogie said...

Mags, the bread looks wonderful. And the photos are super great!!!

Linda said...

The bread looks beautiful.

Ah! Sourdough bread! Be still my heart! I bake sourdough bread every week, 3+ loaves at a time from a starter I keep in the frig and feed right before using. This crazy addiction to sourdough bread/bread baking started in the early 90's.

I need an intervention.

A Year on the Grill said...

Come february first, I am starting the challenge... OMG, this looks great!

stephchows said...

wicked good to know info! I had no clue!

Frieda said...

Beautiful. Just beautiful~ Didn't know about all the benefits of sourdough...can't wait to make it!

Karen said...

Well, of course toasting bread gets rid of some of the calories! Just like eating a Hershey bar along with a DIET coke... they cancel each other out... voila... no calories!

misterrios said...

I did know that about the glycemic response, but not what it meant! I opted to bake the Light Wheat loaf for my stuffing, and man, was it yummy.

Beautiful loaves, as always!

Pam said...

That bread is gorgeous!!! I love sourdough!

Lea said...

Of course you get rid of calories by toasting bread - you have to move your arm to put it in the toaster right, therefore burning more calories - and if you butter it - that just burns more calories - back and forth and back and forth with weight in your hand! almost could be considered aerobic activity!
In all actuality - I learned good stuff today - thanks!