Homemade bread is unrivaled. It makes your home smell incredible while it’s cooking and it’s warm and fluffy when it’s done. The perfect sour dough bread starts with a sourdough starter, but this recipe works even without one (it would just be french bread instead of sourdough.)
It takes a while from the mixing and rising process until it’s covered in butter and in your mouth, but this sourdough bread is worth the wait. You can add any optional ingredients to this basic recipe, I like adding cracked wheat or garlic and cheddar cheese. Continue reading
Once you’ve made your sourdough starter, you’ll need to care for it to keep it alive and ready for baking. Keep a clean cloth or paper towel over the top to keep bacteria out. You can store it on the counter at room temperature or in the fridge or freezer.
Storing on the Counter
Make sure your counter isn’t too hot or too cold. Keep your starter between 70-80 degrees. If you’re storing it on the counter, you’ll need to feed and stir it every day. It will keep separating and it’s okay to stir the yellow colored “hooch” back in to keep fermenting. Feed it at least once a day by adding equal parts warm water and flour. For daily feedings I only add a little bit, ½ a cup of each. Continue reading
Sourdough bread is made without using any added yeast, all of the yeast comes from the addition of the sourdough starter. Having a sourdough starter at your disposal is a nice luxury without much added work. A sourdough starter, when made and kept properly can last a lifetime. Once you make a good sourdough starter, you won’t need to buy yeast again to make sourdough bread!
How to Make a Sourdough Starter
What You’ll Need
A Glass Container
Wooden Spoon Continue reading