National Sourdough Bread Day

Let’s face it, some bread just tastes miles better than others, and we think we may have decided on our favorite. That’s why we are always excited around the 1st of April – yes, it’s National Sourdough Bread Day. Although this date is shared with April Fool’s, there is nothing funny about it; we take our sourdough very seriously. So, how did it come about, and how do we acknowledge the day? Let’s find out…

What Is National Sourdough Bread Day?

Sourdough encourages you to take your time; you can’t rush it, not if you want it to taste the way it should. There is a whole process that involves fermentation. Also, the natural yeasts that combine with the bacteria we don’t mind, as well as the yeast poured in to combine. This is how we end up with the slightly sour taste that gives it its name. This is also what gives it a longer shelf life than many other types of bread.

With origins that can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians, you’re looking at a bread recipe that is thought to have come from 1500 BC. The bread has been popular throughout America for some time, with Northern California being one place in particular that still loves it today.

An early form of leavening bread, sourdough bread is a staple in San Francisco and has been since the days of the Gold Rush. The starter for sourdough is often the stuff of legend, with families keeping theirs a closely guarded secret, believing that it is unique and has been passed down through generations. It is easy to find a recipe for a sourdough starter online, but it might not be the same as Grandma’s version.

How To Observe National Sourdough Bread Day

As with any food-related day of the year, National Sourdough Bread Day is best observed by actually making a loaf for yourself. The starter may take a while to perfect, but getting involved does mean getting your hands dirty. Kneading the dough takes some willpower, but the reward is a delicious loaf that tastes incredible with salted butter.

Even if you don’t want to make your own, there is always the option of buying it and eating it! No one has to miss out, and most reputable bakeries have at least one type of sourdough available for purchase. Go independent to that artisan deli.

Otherwise, get your hands on a starter from a friend. This speeds up the process a little. Alternatively, a mason jar with whole grain flour and water is a good place to start your own. The best starters can be found online.

Be sure to check in with what everyone is doing to observe the day and use the hashtag #NationalSourdoughBreadDay – this is great for sharing your unique way of observing the day as well. Invite some friends over for a bit of a bake-off and enjoy the different ways the results can be enjoyed. A little olive oil and balsamic vinegar is a great way to enjoy a crusty bit of sourdough on its designated day of the year.

When is it?
This year (2024)
April 1 Monday
Next year (2025)
April 1 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
April 1 Saturday
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