I decided I wanted to try to make sourdough bread about a week ago. Now if you have made it before you know that this requires a starter which takes a few days of planning. Basically you leave some yeast, flour, sugar and water sitting out for a few days and in that process it ferments and creates that wonderful sour flavor that makes this kind of bread so amazing.
I loved watching my little starter bubble and develop over the few days. It reminded of me of when I was in high schoool and one of my girlfriends started passing around bags of “Amish Friendship Bread” starter. Did anyone else do this? It was kind of like a chain letter : “Make this recipe from this starter, create more starter and pass it on.” And I remember the result was an amazing Cinnamony bread that was unlike anything my 16-yr old self had tasted. Actually…..would it be possible to start a blogger friendship bread chain letter? Anyone want in ? :)
Anyway- I was very pleased with this bread. I have a lot to learn about breadmaking obviously, but it just tasted so much better than anything store bought. It was crispy and crusty on the outside with a soft dough center. Perfection. Stay tuned for more bready goodness soon!
Note: I have not included the recipe for the Starter at this time though I may add it later. Check out the recipe I used here, or browse the page for ways to buy a ready made one!
|Rustic Sourdough Bread1 cup “fed” sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
5 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
Source: King Arthur’s Flour