Birote (Guadalajaran Sourdough Bread)
I find nothing more satisfying than recreating the unique breads of Latin America in my own kitchen. I especially love when the bread is meant to be stuffed with savory fillings and drowned in spicy salsa—in Mexico, the torta ahogada is just that. Birote (pronounced bee-row-teh) is a crunchy, darkly baked sourdough bread said to have a flavor unique to the environment of Guadalajara, but if you grab your favorite beer and some limes, you’ll come pretty close!
Reprinted with permission from New World Sourdough by Bryan Ford, © 2020 Quarto Publishing Group USA Inc. Text © 2020 Bryan Ford. Photography: Stephanie Lynn Warga