Sourdough September is a holiday month that’s been observed for quite a long time now. The purpose of this month is to encourage people to bake genuine sourdough bread, to buy real sourdough bread from small independent bakeries, and to spread the word about sourdough bread to everyone who hasn’t had the opportunity to enjoy this type of bread.
Since September is the beginning of the end of summer and the start of autumn, it’s a good month to enjoy a golden loaf of sourdough bread with friends and loved ones. There’s nothing like tangy sourdough that’s served alongside soups, stews, or chili as the weather begins to change.
The History Of Sourdough September
Sourdough bread can be traced all the way back to ancient Egypt and it was made from wild yeasts and bacteria that were naturally found in the environment. This method of making bread, which involves fermenting a dough over several days to create a natural leavening agent, would spread across Africa, Asia, and Europe.
This type of bread was brought to North America and would be taken west across the continent by early settlers. It was especially popular among settlers to Alaska, who relied on sourdough to leaven bread before commercial baking powder and yeast were available.
The sourdough starter dough was not only used to make bread but also biscuits and flapjacks as well. That is why many Alaskan miners had a tin of fermented dough that they kept warm by keeping in their beds. Sourdough September was first invented in 2013 in the United Kingdom. It was created to promote the science and art of sourdough baking.
Ever since its creation, the holiday has continued to grow in popularity, but its popularity really took off during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic when people all around the world were trying their hand at making sourdough. Today, this holiday month remains the perfect time for people to bake sourdough bread, especially if it’s their first time.
Observing Sourdough September
Sourdough September can be observed by anyone who has the desire, the ingredients, and the time to make sourdough bread. Anyone whipping up loaves of sourdough may want to make sure they cut themselves a break.
After all, making sourdough is an art and a science, so a little bit of trial and error might be necessary before a person stumbles upon their best sourdough bread. Everyone should also take the time to spread the news about this holiday using the hashtag #SourdoughSeptember online. Oh, and we urge everyone who is making sourdough bread to consider sending us a piece. After all, we do love sourdough!