Friday, January 28, 2011

Adventure in SOUR DOUGH Land

Well this was a fun conquest for me anyways.... Does anyone love sour dough as much as I do? Come on, its an AMAZING flavor! Reminds me a good beer.

Anyways, I've never been able to master it. I did finally figure out how to make my own 'starter' though, so I've given it a whirl, and I loved the results.

The Starter:

2 cups warm water
1 package dry active yeast
1 tbsp sugar
(let sit for 10 minutes)
mix in 2 cups of whole wheat flour (or rye or whole grain)
Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm dark spot for 2-4 days before use.
Always reserve 1 cup of starter to 'feed' for another batch of bread later.

(Store your 1 cup starter in the fridge if you chose to wait to feed your starter another day. Feed consists of 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of warm water. Do this when your starter has come to room temp first.)

So I've found a good sourdough recipe I wanted to try, and let my dough have 3 rises before I baked. I used the steam method for a HARD crust too. I was very happy with the hardy, rustic, finished product.

So delicious... perfect when its a cold winter and you crave to have the oven on warming the house, and smells of bread filling your nose.


  1. Bravo!! I've been contemplating the whole "starter" thing lately. Eventually, I'll get there. I hope I'm as successful as you are :)

  2. Looks Great.... I love sourdough bread :)

  3. Thank you guys! It came out wonderful, and my starter is now amazing! Long as I keep it in the fridge and feed it (1/2 cup warm water, 1/2 cup flour) it keeps souring more and more, and I'm getting flavors I really appreciate.

    Danielle, Cathy told me you were in test kitchen mode for the Pillsbury Bakeoff competition this year as well. I hope we all get to go... I'm working my tail off to get in this time! :)