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Sourdough Bread

Because I have virtually *no* hobbies, I decided I needed to try making sourdough bread. I found this great little starter here. For the price of a couple of stamps, you too can immerse yourself in the chemical wonders of sourdough. The history of the starter is quite interesting reading (and too short. I wanted more details, but being a writer, I just made them up in my head).

I used one of the recipes found on the aforementioned site. It turned out quite well for a first try. Of course, I made a few substitutions–I used a lot more whole wheat than the recipe called for. The starter was fascinating to me. There it was, bubbling away with no yeast. It doesn’t froth as much as yeast and it doesn’t grow as quickly either. But there’s just these organisms in the jar doing their thing. Fascinating.

Sourdough takes longer to rise than yeast bread, but it has that elastic, wonderfully soft chewy texture. Sometimes my yeast bread is dry or less “spongy” than I would like. The other thing I liked about sourdough is that I was able to put in oats without it drying the bread or being “here is an oat and here is the bread around it.” It was good. I’ll make it again. I recommend the starter linked to above. It is a very inexpensive way to try 150 year old sourdough. :>)

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Posted: February 10, 2013


  1. You know you can start your own sour with organic flour and water? It’s shockingly easy:)

    Comment by Northern Lights — February 10, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  2. I’ve heard you can, but I believe it takes a couple of weeks to get it going. It took me 3 days to make the sourdough from the starter. :>) From the dry starter it took 12 hours to bubble at all. Overnight was the next stage and then another day to get enough starter to make dough. I did a lot of reading before I decided I’d best get some known good starter. I don’t *love* sourdough bread. I’m not even a big bread eater, but give me a garden or a kitchen and I’m going to start experimenting!!!

    Comment by Maria — February 10, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

  3. Did it come with instructions? I’ve no experience with anything like this so I’d want to be told exactly what to do.

    Comment by April V. — February 11, 2013 @ 8:08 am

  4. You and me both. There’s a link to the “revive” instructions and several recipes. I thought the instructions were pretty good. Pictures of the “bubbling” and just how “bubbling” they should be would have been nice. At the first stage I thought it was dried out and dead, but husband insisted that the muck was actually expanded and bubbling under there. So I went to the next stage and sure enough, it went faster and bubbled more.

    Comment by Maria — February 11, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  5. Good. I think I’ll have to expend some stamps and get me some.

    Comment by April — February 12, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

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