Introducing the new Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit by guest writer Elaine Foodbod
I am very excited to introduce to you the brand new, totally fabulous, Matthews Cotswold Flour Sourdough Kit.
This is a sourdough kit like no other, and whether you are new to sourdough, or already a sourdough baker, you will love this kit, I know I do, and as you know, I’m a sourdough baker! There’s everything you need, as well as everything you need to know for using it all.
Inside you will find not only 5 handpicked Matthews Cotswold Flour, all perfect for making sourdough (including the tastiest flour in the world: Matthews Cotswold Crunch!), but also 5 recipes from me showing ideas for using them the foodbod Sourdough way, plus a guide to making a sourdough starter with 2 flour options; added to that, you’ll find a collection of equipment for making these recipes so that you can start making and baking immediately, plus the equipment collection will be ideal for you to be able to use for other recipes too.
**This is not your standard off the shelf sourdough making kit, this is a box packed with flours and items that have been handpicked and used and tested by me. They are all things you’ll want, and will be able to use again and again.
Inside the box:
Stainless Steel Dough scraper – Wooden Handle
This straight bladed stainless steel dough knife with a wooden handle, helps you easily divide and shape your dough. Easy to grip and made for professional bakers and home bakers alike, this product should last you a lifetime. Traditionally stone ground milled wholemeal strong bread flour. Milled using a blend of high protein hard Canadian wheat highly regarded for its superior milling and baking quality. One of the oldest types of bread flour, wholemeal flour keeps a higher amount of the nutritious value of grain than other flours.
500g-750g Round Banneton
Spiral Pattern Professional grade bannetons made in Germany from compressed wood fibre. Bannetons are used in the baking process to help as the dough proofs for it’s final rise and offers a support structure before you intend to bake. This is an all important piece of equipment for the serious baker.
WECK® 744 – 580ml Tulip Glass Jar
WECK® preserving jars have been a familiar sight in the kitchens of Europe for over a hundred years. They are renowned for their quality and minimal look. With an easy-to-fill wide mouth. These stylish jars are made of heavyweight glass, free from any substance that might leach into your food, and look beautiful on your shelves too.
5x Matthews Cotswold Sourdough Flours
Churchill Strong White Bread Flour
Matthews Churchill strong white bread flour is an extra strong high protein bread flour. Finely milled from a blend of high protein hard wheat sourced between Cotswold village of Churchill and Blenheim Palace. This flour encourages beautiful gluten development and easy kneading and shaping. It contains a 12.8% protein which supports the rise and structure of your bread. Perfect for hand and bread machines. Blend with Stoneground wholemeal flour for a richer, more complex flavour.
White Spelt Flour
Rich in flavour, spelt is superb for bread making and speciality pastry. It’s stripped from its coarse outer layer to end with a smooth white flour and is a great healthy option with it being easier to digest rather than normal flours.
Cotswold Stoneground White Spelt flour is a smooth white flour milled from UK grown ancient grain spelt. Spelt is a highly nutritious and healthy option, compared to wheat, it is packed full of fibre. Cotswold Spelt is a perfect all-purpose healthy baking flour that combined with Strong White flour, produces delicious loaves.
Stoneground Dark Rye Flour
Cotswold Stoneground Dark Rye flour is a wholemeal Rye flour used to produce delicious rye breads and with a dark dense character. Produced from local Cotswold Rye grain the texture of the flour is a dark greige colour creating a denser bread than used from wheat flour. This flour is also available in light rye.
Combine with a sourdough starter to make the perfect Rye Sourdough. Or looking for something less dense? Combine with Spelt or our strong white bread flour.
Stoneground Wholemeal Flour
Strong Stoneground Wholemeal – a strong wholemeal flour, which has been stoneground to create a wonderfully wholesome flour perfect for wholemeal breads.
Traditionally stone ground milled wholemeal strong bread flour. Milled using a blend of high protein hard Canadian wheat highly regarded for its superior milling and baking quality. One of the oldest types of bread flour, wholemeal flour keeps a higher amount of the nutritious value of grain than other flours.
Cotswold Crunch Flour
Cotswold Crunch – a speciality blend of strong white flour, malted wheat flakes and malt flour for bread and rolls. This flour is extremely popular due to its flavoursome, malty aroma with added texture from the wheat flakes.
Did you know? The history behind this type of flour supposedly goes back to Benedictine Monks of Burton Abbey. They were said to have accidentally discovered, while experimenting with a brewing method, that malted wheat flakes improved the flavour of their bread enormously! What we can tell you is that Cotswold Crunch makes a delicious loaf.