Sourdough can seem intimidating at first and it truly is like having a newborn. You have to feed your little baby everyday! However, once the newborn stage is over it’s much easier, so you just can’t give up!
Sourdough is one of the oldest forms of grain fermentation and while most store-based bread is made with commercial yeast, sourdough contains wild yeast that breaks down phytic acid. This makes it more digestible. It is also free of preservatives and therefore better for overall gut health. Not to mention how gorgeous these can turn out, it’s a true art form and why it’s considered an artisan bread.
If you’re feeling ambitious, try making your own sourdough starter from scratch. It’s definitely the most intimidating part of the sourdough baking process, but it’s the beginning of an ongoing relationship with your wild yeast.
DAY 1 – Mix together 1⁄2 cup of flour and 1⁄4 cup water into a jar. The consistency should be thick. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let it rest in a warm spot for 24 hours. This is your ‘starter’.
DAY 2 – Check for bubbles – bubbles indicate fermentation. Rest the starter for another 24 hours.
DAY 3 – Time to feed your starter! Discard half of the current starter from the jar, add 1⁄2 cup flour and 1⁄4 cup water, mix with a fork. Cover loosely and let it rest another 24-hours.
DAY 4, 5, 6 – Repeat the feeding process from day 3 for the next 3 days. As the yeast begins to develop, your starter will rise and bubbles will form throughout the culture. When the starter falls, it is time to feed it again.DAY 7 – By now you should see plenty of bubbles and your starter should be looking very, fluffy like a marshmallow, active and ready to use.
DAY 7 – By now you should see plenty of bubbles and your starter should be looking very, fluffy like a marshmallow, active and ready to use.
Sourdough is very versatile and can be used to make focaccia, cinnamon buns, biscuits, pancakes,waffles, pizza crusts, dinner rolls, pita pockets, naan bread, tortillas, English muffins, bagels – the possibilities are endless. It makes a great gift too!
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