The Amish are a people famous for their simple way of life and reluctance to adopt modern convenience. In an age where baker’s yeast was rare and not always available the common baker needed a way to make bread without relying on baker’s yeast. At those times people used sourdough bread, which is known for its sour taste and beer-like smell, but not all kinds of sourdough bread are really sour, one of these breads is Amish sourdough bread.
The bread was made from sourdough starters, yeast cultures would grow in the starter over a longer period of time while it was stored in a cool and dark place. When they wanted to make the bread they would take the starter and mix it with flour, water and sugar. This is the reason why Amish sourdough isn’t sour; they add extra sugar to the recipe giving it a sweater touch. Other kinds of flavorings can be added to the dough to make the taste different.
The sourdough isn’t special just because of its sour taste, it’s special because it’s often associated with the simple things in life, remembering how not everything has to be complicated and industrial, some people might wonder why make a bread that takes more than a week to leaven, when there are agents available that leaven the bread under a day or why make bread at all when its available in every supermarket. It’s natural, it shows us that we don’t have to rush everything, nature doesn’t rush anything either and everything gets done.