Out of 8 Shop Bought Sourdough Breads This Is The Tastiest - Women's Health UK

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Over the past few years, the UK’s demand for the tangy and chewy goodness of sourdough bread has surged, partly thanks to our ever-growing demand for healthy breakfast ideas.

As diets and eating habits have shifted, people are looking for tasty foods that slot into a healthy way of thinking.

Easy on the gut, sourdough is not just kind to the digestive system but is also great for people with a gluten intolerance. It’s also more nutritious than the average load of white bread.

It has a deep flavour profile, and the classic sourdough gets its complex taste from the all-important sourdough starter, which is a crucial part of the fermentation process. A starter is a combination of flour and water that’s left to ferment and is topped up daily with flour and water for around five to six days.

From Lidl to Waitrose, our good friends and testers at Good Housekeeping sliced their way through eight sourdough loaves to find the very best tasting one around. Find out which bread the experts loved the most…

BEST SUPERMARKET SOURDOUGH

1. Marks & Spencer Signature Sourdough

Overall rating: 7.7/10

With a crisp, salty crust, this bread is soft yet has a pleasing chewy bite. It smells freshly baked and has a gentle malt taste that really lingers in the mouth. Conveniently pre-sliced, it still has a tempting homemade look.

Only Available in store.

Ms Sourdough

Marks & Spencer Signature Sourdough, £3.80, marksandspencer.com

2. Lidl Sourdough

Overall rating: 7.3/10

This boule-style round loaf has an appealing crunchy crust, with a great bite and a deliciously spongey interior. Our testers enjoyed the salty, buttery taste but felt that it lacked acidity.

Only available in store

Lidl Sourdough

Lidl Sourdough, £0.99, lidl.co.uk

3. Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Sourdough Bloomer

Overall rating: 7.3/10

This is a classic and homemade-style bloomer with comforting nutty, fresh aromas and yeasty undertones. Though we detected subtle sharp vinegar flavour, some of our panel hoped for more of that sour kick and found this to be more like a pleasant French baguette.

Sainsburys sourdough

Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference Sourdough Bloomer, £1.60, sainsburys.co.uk

4. Co-op Sourdough Bloomer

Overall rating: 7.1/10

An inviting combination of bitterness and freshly baked bread aromas, this loaf was likened to one from a wholesome local bakery. It has delicate ciabatta-like air pockets, tucked beneath a caramel brown crust. Though we loved the milky and sweet nutty flavours, we longed for more sourness and the crust was too tough for some.

Only available in store

Coop Sourdough

Co-op Sourdough Bloomer, £1.75, co-operativefood.co.uk

5. Gail’s White Sourdough

Overall rating: 6.8/10

A rustic and traditional artisanal style loaf, topped with a light dusting of white flour. It is has a slightly bland aroma, yet some still found hints of acidity. While testers enjoyed the flavours reminiscent of rye bread, many felt it lacked fermentation and was very dry and chewy due to being over-baked.

Gails sourdough

Gail’s White Sourdough, £2.95, gailsbread.co.uk

6. Waitrose 1 Sourdough Bread

Overall rating: 6.6/10

A hefty loaf with an alluring deep brown crust. There are delicious savoury flavours of sweet oat, and a mild sourness. While we adored almost everything about this loaf, we were deeply disappointed by the chewy and overly firm bite.

Waitrose sourdough

Waitrose 1 Sourdough Bread, £1.95, waitrose.com

7. Tesco Sourdough Bloomer

Overall rating: 5.7/10

A pale loaf with a subtle glossy finish. Strong aromas of vinegar and fermentation were likened to ‘damp socks’ by our testers. Though we were happy to finally find the sharp acidity expected from sourdough, some found it was just too overpowering and were upset at the lack of balance in the salty & sour flavours.

Tesco sourdough

Tesco Sourdough Bloomer, £2.00, tesco.com

8. The Bertinet Bakery White Sourdough Loaf

Overall rating: 5.6/10

Well-balanced acidity with a nutty sweetness, likened to the Brazil nut. The loaf is pale with an unappealing flaky crust, dry feeling in the mouth and overwhelmingly sour flavour. Our panel was disappointed with this loaf.

Bertinet sourdough

The Bertinet Bakery White Sourdough Loaf, £1.95, waitrose.com

This article originally appeared on Good Housekeeping Institute.

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