I’ve seen many recipes using buckwheat for a sourdough bread. A lot of them have the same principle of naturally fermenting the flour without a starter and baking it within a day or two.
I am making a buckwheat starter and like wheat starters the initial burst of energy happens quite quickly. Mix, keep warm and within a day or two (quicker if conditions are right) it’ll bubble up. However, when it comes to wheat sourdough we nurture it beyond this stage as the initial quick off the mark fermentation is coming from lactic acid bacteria and often with not so friendly bacteria too. The yeasts turn up later or atleast in healthy numbers a few days in. After this initial “fermentation” it generally slows down or goes quiet while a good environment is made for the yeasts to flourish. We don’t make bread with the initial burst of activity and only when it is stable and strong do we bake with it. So far my buckwheat starter showed the quick off the mark fermentation and it’s also following a similar pattern of a quiet stage.
So my questions are…
1: In these buckwheat sourdough recipes are they solely relying on the lactic acid bacteria and possibly the “unfriendly” bacteria too?
2: Why don’t we make all bread this way? (actually there is one made with this technique and that’s salt rising bread but sourdough is never done this way - why not?)
3: Is it worth me making a buckwheat starter if this kind of bread is just as easy with the first fermentation?
4: Can we call them the same type of bread if done with the lactic acid bacteria or with an established starter?
I have to say that the first two feeds the starter was very strong and responsive but just what is going on in this initial stage?