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Sourdough In The Making

 

I have never had the notion to make sourdough.  Honestly, I don’t like the store bought sourdough, had no desire to taste it homemade.

A couple weeks ago, I ran across a starter recipe that looked really easy, and hubby said he liked sourdough, so I figured, why not?

So, I put together 1 cup of wheat flour and 1 cup of white flour, and 2 cups or so of water into a bowl.  The first night it set, it stunk to high heaven.  It was brown, bubbly, smelled of grain alcohol combined with something dead, and just plain yucky.  After a couple days of feeding, the smell started getting better!  By day 5 it smelled kinda like regular bread dough.  Day 7, we have this:

Sourdough Starter “Herman”, day 7

 

To feed “Herman”, I used a couple cups of flour a day, with 1 to 2 cups of water, and lots of stirring.  Herman grew from his bowl and into a stockpot.  Now, he has 3 bags and a bowl in the freezer, and a little brother “Norman” in the fridge, plus he’s still growing after baking about 1/3 of him.  He’s a very prolific little thing.

I made some dough with him, enough to make 4 loaves of bread and some flat bread things that taste like saltines.

sourdough mix on the first rise

 

The loaves were near satin and beautifully elastic in handling!

 

Then baked at 400 degrees until they were extra golden brown.  I put a pie pan full of water in as well to keep humidity going.  I LOVE how the water works in there when baking breads!

 

I love how these have turned out!  And as prolific as Herman is, there will be lots lots more!