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What does the sourdough taste like? Answered

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Hi, I'm from Venezuela and I'll like to know, if it's possible to describe in words, how does the sourdough should taste like?

I've seen a lot of recipes about sourdough and sourdough starter and I've already tried to make my own.  The result was the bread in the picture and I got to say that I really really liked it's flavor, but I really don't know if that's how it's suposed to taste.

Thank you for your help.

FJK

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BurfBest Answer (author)2010-01-21

Sourdough bread is a hard crust bread, usually with tangy taste that can vary form barely perceptible to definitely sour, depending on the recipe and the sourdough base. In texture, it is quite like a French bread. As for taste, as Lemonie says, just make whichever suits your palate. There is no rule stating how it must taste.

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NachoMahma (author)2010-01-21

.  I'd call it a slight vinegar-like taste (actually lactic acid). Tangy (or twangy). YMMV. As others have said, there is no particular "right" taste for sourdough - part of the beauty of sourdough is the variety.

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lemonie (author)2010-01-21

Forget about how it is "supposed to taste" - if you like it it's good.
Things you eat should taste good, you say it does so that's great. No worries.

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Re-design (author)2010-01-21

Don't worry about it.  If you like it then its right.  Different sour dough breads taste slightly (or more) different. 

If you like it and your company likes then you've got a winner.

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NobodyInParticular (author)2010-01-21

Sourdough should taste slightly more acidic than ordinary bread, a little like yogurt. The exact flavor will depend on which species of yeast and bacteria are growing in your sourdough starter. 

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_(alimento)#Panes_de_masa_.C3.A1cida

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultivos_l%C3%A1cticos
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masa_madre


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seandogue (author)2010-01-21

yeasty. with the vaguest hint of tartness, although that word is far too strong to use really. Best thing is to make a loaf and taste test it in comparison to something you're more familiar with in white breads (sourdough is most often a form of white bread)

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