Monday, March 16, 2009

For anyone interested in sourdough

There are a lot of recipes out there, some easier than others.

This was the website I used for my bread dough recipe, but my original starter wasn't just flour and water. I did a yogurt/milk and flour starter, which can be found here.

I keep mine next to the light in the fridge, in a big peanut butter container and haven't yet got around to poking a hole in the lid. Miranda doesn't seem to mind! I feed it about once every two weeks...just replacing whatever I used with milk/water and flour and stirring it up some.

My timeframe for making a loaf of bread is:
7 pm the night before, I set out my starter to warm up a bit on the counter and then start the sponge.
8 pm I mix up the bread with my orange KitchenAid handheld mixer (bread hooks!) and then set it in a clean, towel-covered bowl to rise overnight.
Early in the am, I punch it down, knead a little, throw into pans and go back to bed.
A couple hours later, I throw it into an oven. You can pre-heat if you want a crunchier crust (20 min or so on HIGH heat, then turn down) or throw it right into the oven when you turn it on. Bread's nice like that, it doesn't mind too much...

Have fun if you decide to experiment and let me know how it goes!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The bread sure looks good. I haven't had sour dough for a while. I may give it a try later this week. I too could live on bread and peanut butter. Homemade bread, any variety, with real butter.First thing I want to eat if I've been sick, is chicken noodle soup, then peanut butter toast.Forget the jello , ugh!I'm off tomorrow to Lancaster to see "Behold the Lamb" with my Luthern Friends,Their church seniors are going.Enjoy your bread. Love, Grammy