Since this is my first official post I thought a good place to start would be my Sourdough Starter recipe.
There was a lady in our community named Jean and she made the best Sourdough Bread! She was such a wonderful Christian lady and she was the mother of a very close friend of mine. Over the years Jean had a wonderful influence on me. I remember spending the night with Elizabeth and we’d be up giggling and Jean would tell us to quite down. Jean was a homemaker and I always thought Elizabeth was so lucky because her mom was always home. Jean could sew, crochet, cook, bake, decorate, quilt and so much more. I’m sure I’ll share more about Jean during my blogging journey but I just wanted to share who was the cause of not just mine but also my family’s love of Sourdough bread.
Sourdough bread is not something you can make quickly, it actually takes several day just to get a starter started.
1 cup Warm water
1 pack of Active Dry Yeast (2 1/4 t.)
1/2 cup Sugar
3 T. Instant Potato flakes
Mix water, yeast, sugar & potato flakes in a glass jar. A quart mason jar work well. I cover the jar with cloth or paper towel. Leave the jar sitting on the counter for 5 days stirring daily with a wooden spoon. Then put the starter in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
On the day you plan to start your bread making, feed you starter 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 cup of sugar & 3 T. of potato flakes. Mix well and let sit on the counter all day. That evening pour out 1 cup of the mixture to use for your bread and refrigerate the remaining starter.
Every 3-5 days feed the starter and let it sit out on the counter for at least 6 hours. Then take 1 cup out to make more bread. Place the remaining starter back in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and repeat.
Make sure you use warm, NOT hot water. If you’re water is too hot it can kill the yeast.
It’s best to use metal or glass, and a wooden spoon when working with sourdough. No plastic.
Your starter should smell sour (hence the name)but not BAD! Also if it is an orangey color it’s no good.
If you’re not going to have time to make your bread, feed your starter as usual and then just discard the 1 cup of starter.
Remember you could always give the 1 cup of starter to a friend so they will have a beginning starter too. Just remember to put it back in the fridge.
Also remember your starter is alive and active. Take care of it and it will last.