Mrs Sourdough was founded by Kat who gave up her successful career in property to bake the most delicious sourdough bread in Kent.
As we talk about her story she doesn’t stop for a minute. “The dough dictates. If you try to hurry it, it doesn’t work and you won’t have proper bread.” – she says while placing the next round of pre-shaped doughs in her special oven.
She started to bake for herself and her fiancé, Chris after they moved to Maidstone, Kent. “We used to buy sourdough bread when we lived in the city. I didn’t have access to it here, so I decided to do it myself.” – she explains.
Her financé took some loaves to his workplace and it was not long before Kat was the talk of the town and people asked her to bake more.
“Without any advertising I had 2-3 orders a day.”
This is when Kat decided to start a business out of it and make it available for more people. She studied several books, blogs, resources including the ones by Vanessa Kimbell, a specialist sourdough baker, award-winning author and contributor to BBC. She attended workshops of Ildiko Toth, who herself leads a micro bakery in Essex.
Micro bakeries are operated in the home of the owner who bakes artisan bread to supply the community. It’s a great alternative to large industrialised production. “I don’t use any machines, everything, all the phases of baking are done by hand. And soul.” – adds Kat. “No need to say that we follow all the hygiene guidelines, everything is kept very clean.”
Clients can make their order by email, and they can either pick up the fresh loaves at Kat’s place or she delivers them in Maidstone the same day.
Mrs Sourdough was very quickly discovered by the bakeries and grocery stores in the wider area. She supplies many of the hip artisan stores in Faversham, Wapping and even in London.
“Look at that, how beautiful!”
Her face lights up as she opens the oven and takes out the fresh loaves. What an awesome smell! “I’m always so excited to see how they look. I would rather cut each of them to check inside.” – she laughs.
It would be great to have a slice, but she warns me that it has to cool properly, as the last phase of the baking process. When they are barely warm, Kat packs them in her Mrs Sourdough bags and it won’t be very long until the smell of fresh bread fills the homes of Maidstone.
Kat has bold future plans relying on her vast creativity: baking cakes, opening a small café with special sandwiches and many others. She is supported by her financé, Chris and their lovely dog, Lara. And several Mrs Sourdough fans who can’t wait for their next dose of awesome sourdough bread.