Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Starting a starter

I'm hungry for some good ol' Boudins style sourdough bread, and it seems that the only sourdoughs I can find, use some type of commercial yeast in them. And although that's okay I guess, and I'm no complete "purist" - by a long shot - I think the best and strongest flavor comes from 100% sourdough starter, with nothing else added.

I used to make sourdough bread from homemade "starter" all the time, but somehow I've forgotten how to do it... and for the life of me, I couldn't remember the exact instructions for starting my own starter.

So, I went looking for recipes.

And I got a headache.
Man, did I get a headache.

Because everything I've come across seems to talk at cross-purposes, has different flour to water ratios, (well, the same ratios, but in far different quantities) they tell you to keep the lid on loosely, or put it on tight. punch a hole in the lid, don't punch a hole in the lid, let it breathe, don't let it breathe too much...and on and on and on.

So anyway, I settled on this one... Sourdough Baking, The Basics, by S John Ross

Anyhow, I figure, what have I got to lose ? A little flour and a little water? And if it doesn't turn out, I'll keep on searchin'.
But... contrary to S John Ross's recipe, I'm just just going to start out with a tablespoon of flour to a tablespoon of water, and then I'll add another T of each for the next several days.

This is what it looks like, a mere 10 minutes after mixing it. By this evening, I'll add another T each of flour and water, then another T once or twice tommorrow... and so on, for the next 3 days.

And then? Then I'll be making my own sourdough bread, baby! And it's got to be better than the pretend artisian stuff, eh?

I can almost taste it now...


Ladybird World Mother said...

Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Can I have a bite after you've made it?? Mmmmm. xx

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

Oy vey! You must read my blog more often, LOLOL. Seriously, I do have a sourdough series on my blog & after years of failed attempts, found the one that worked. Good luck to you!!!

Marjie said...

Add some milk to the starter to make it become sour, and a little bit of sugar to feed it, but only initially. Alternate feeding with milk and water. If you need more info, let me know and I'll look up the starter I've used.

Pam said...

I always cheat and use yeast. Though one summer I did get a pretty good wild yeast one going. Good luck!

farmlady said...

I thought you needed vinegar, or buttermilk.., and some sugar to make a starter. I really don't know much about starter I guess. I will be interested to see how this turned out. Good luck!

Michaela Dunn Leeper said...

For a true starter, you don't use sugar or water.

Kurichan said...

good luck...I am hoping for the best!

The Old Dairy said...

Truely it all sounds so hard every one has a differant way to make a starter...Now if this one works out for you I will give it a go....Good luck...


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