Saturday, September 03, 2011

A new baking adventure: Sourdough

About a week ago, my sister-in-law decided that she needed to try making sourdough bread. NOW. I followed right along. I was placing an order at King Arthur, and that's where she saw that they sell a live starter. We ordered. It arrived.

She has a great statement about sourdough starter. She decreed that it was "the puppy of the baking world." Which, when you think about it is eerily descriptive. You have to constantly feed and coddle it. At least it doesn't need to be walked....

If you don't plan on refrigerating your starter, you need to feed it twice a day. Considering that you throw some out or bake every time you feed it, there was no way that was happening. I was lucky and my starter was somewhat trained when I got it. At one point instead of throwing out a portion, my sister-in-law gave it to me as my base. Refrigerated starter needs to be "revived" a bit before baking, so that does take some advanced planning.

I'm going to try to bake something sourdough every week. Or ten days. Or two weeks. We'll see how it goes. Check back to see how the adventure continues!

4 comments:

Jessica said...

I too was sucked into the cult of King Arthur Flour sourdough about a month ago! I'm still diligently feeding my little refrigerator pet, but I haven't really felt like making bread yet - maybe when the weather gets a bit cooler. I did try the waffle recipe (I think it came with the starter) and we liked them, but not as much as my regular yeasted waffle recipe. I look forward to hearing what you make with your starter!

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GBH said...

So where are we with the sourdough puppy? Anything baked worth bragging about? Tried pancakes, yet?

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