Wednesday, May 16, 2012

A Crust of Bread...sourdough starter

“If thou tastest a crust of bread,
thou tastest all the stars
and all the heavens.”
--Robert Browning
I learned something from my Granny long ago,
and haven't done it in a very long time.....
make my own sourdough starter.
She had used a 'starter' that began
from a 'mother dough'
many years before, as 'starters'
are passed down through the years,
if done right.
I love homemade bread!
I guess the last time I made a 'starter' successfully,
my son was not born yet,
and he was born in 1984.  LOL
That was during the time when
we had cows, chickens, a huge garden, etc.
I made all kinds of wonderful things...
my own butter, yogurt, cottage cheese and more.
(As you can see in the photo,
 I'm also busy drying some herbs from my garden)

I hope this 'starter' of mine works.
There are some different ways to make it,
(some soak fruit in the water first,
and others add to the starter every day for days)
but mine is simply
 mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour
with 3 cups of warm filtered water.
The great thing is you don't use any yeast,
because the little critters that make bread rise
actually live all around us.

To find out more on managing your
sourdough starter etc.,
Breadtopia is a good sight
with lots of great info on breadmaking.
You can actually purchase 'starter' here,
if you don't want to go to all the fun of making your own.

Now my 'starter' has to sit for a 2-5 days in a warm place.

I covered it,
 sat it on top of my toaster oven,
near the stove, in the corner,
out of the way of drafts.
After fermentation has begun
and I know that all is good,
(meaning no pink color, and no bad smell)
I then put it in the refrigerator,
and it's ready to use in my bread recipes.
I will keep you posted
on how it goes.

Savor the Day!


Healing Woman said...

I love this post. Bread is one of my favorite things to make. Ever since I got the book "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes" I have baked a lot more often than ever before. It's the easiest and best European bread I've ever made. I've gotta quit recommending books to you--you'll go broke with purchasing them soon!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Good luck! I made sourdough bread in high school in my independent living class and boy was it ever good. I tried to make it sometime last year, but forgot that I needed the starter -- it turned out like a rock. Homemade bread is the best .. if you make it right. :) Tammy

kimmie said...

My sister in law tried this, but for some reason she covered it with saran wrap. She was worried airborne mold would get in it. We live in a very moldy climate though. I never did find out how hers turned out - now I'm curious. Bread is a mystery to me actually. It's like magic.

Halle said...

Very interesting! Mr. G loves sourdough bread. I may give this a whirl.