I’ve written about my passionate obsession with sourdough bread.
True sourdough bread, for me, must be delicious … and fortifying (I’m using that word a lot since watching “Anne with an E”) … and it must be made without commercial yeast.
- Organic flour
- Filtered water
- Sea salt
For a couple of years I was enjoying a fairly local bakery who made it just perfectly. I tried making it myself and it was a disaster. I hung up my apron and accepted defeat. The bakery was just too damn good and I had limited bandwidth.
However, in my newly frugal life, my mind was changed.
Inspired by Mr. Money Mustache and a seemingly-ridiculously-easy recipe from Cooks Illustrated, I was ready to dust off my apron and give ‘er a go again.
Success. Major Success.
I’m not afraid to say that I make amazing sourdough bread now, rivaling the best of them.
It was a steep learning curve though.
Perseverance. Tenacity. All words I used to use to amp up my resume, when applying for jobs, boldly coursed through my veins.
I followed Cooks Illustrated’s recipe and created what looked to be a very strong sourdough starter. (You need sourdough starter to make those beautiful loaves sans yeast, so that is the very first step: make a sourdough starter that you can and will use forever and ever and pass down for generations, provided you don’t kill it.)
How do you avoid killing your precious sourdough starter?
- Don’t forget to feed it. Just like your kids – you can even name your sourdough starter – mine is dubbed Cosmos. (That’s an easy task and I feed mine twice a day while baking.)
- Store it in the fridge, when you’re not using it (for up to a month!). This makes sourdough bread making flexible in case you suddenly find yourself on a carnivore diet. (Did I just write that? Maybe a hint of things to come. 😳)
- When making bread with it, don’t forget to set some aside for future loaves. In other words, don’t use all of your starter in one loaf. My paranoid ass always keeps a stash in the fridge for fear I might accidentally do what I just said not to do.
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- My Sourdough Bread Sings To Me. A Good Sign.
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