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Try your hand at making the best sourdough with Chef Aditi Handa – the Sourdough Protagonist

Chef Aditi Handa, Co-Founder and Head Baker, The Baker’s Dozen, understands the power of patience, for an idea to ferment to perfection.

When she started Baker’s Dozen in 2013, her idea was clear: to draw the attention back to the age-old goodness of sourdough bread and put it on every dining table as an essential commodity.

Aditi Handa
Aditi Handa

Four ingredients – flour, water, salt & yeast – and the magic of microorganisms literally out of thin air, sets the premise for bread that is gentle on the gut and an excellent metabolism booster.

To make it approachable, she first introduced India to Sourdough Pav, a take on the Mumbai laadi pav, followed by adding the spicy version of Masala Pav to the menu. Aditi Handa’s Sourdough umbrella also included products like Fourgrain, Blueberry Cranberry, Walnut Raisin, Baguette and Pizza Base.

Aditi Handa
Aditi Handa

Chef Aditi Handa shares, “When we launched our Kemps Corner store in August 2013 and a customer would walk in and buy a multigrain, I would give them a four grain for free and say – aunty, aap try karo, I know you will love it.” And the results, slowly but surely, showed.

The number of units of sourdough sold in the first year – 1000. In five years, 1,00,000. In seven years, 3,00,000! In 2018, Baker’s Dozen vision expanded into a factory in Kheda, Ahmedabad.

It was a trampoline move to empower the outreach of the bread with experiments and ideation to create a high-quality, world-class bread at an affordable price as low as INR 40.

Aditi Handa
Baguette Sourdough by Aditi Handa

Aditi Handa, Co-Founder and Head Baker, The Baker’s Dozen shares a recipe for Baguette Sourdough 

Recipe : Baguette Sourdough 

Ingredients :

Pre Ferment / Sourdough / Starter

  • Atta – 70gms
  • Water – 48ml
  • Yeast -1.5 gms
  • Salt  -1.5 gms

Mix all to make a dough and ferment this  at room temperature for 4 hours or inside fridge for 12 -18 hours

Baguette

  • Atta – 288 gms
  • Water – 216ml
  • Yeast – 1.3 gms
  • Salt – 5.7 gms

Sourdough / Pre ferment  / Starter – 115 gms

Method with Steps :

  • Mix the flour, water, pre-ferment, yeast, and salt and knead into a dough. Ensure gluten has developed. You can do a window test to check this
  • Ferment / prove the dough in a bowl in a warm environment for 1.5 hours. You can cover the bowl with a wet cloth and keep it inside a microwave or oven. The oven should not be on. The dough should double in volume and be wobbly.
  • Divide the dough into 200 gms portions
  • Shape each portion into a round shape and rest for 20-30 mins. Should almost double in volume
  • Shape the dough into a baguette shape
  • Score using a blade or a knife
  • Bake at 240 C for 20-25 mins

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