Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sourdough Starter

Does anything get more heavenly than sourdough bread? I suppose not. El Hub has always been a fan, and I guess I have as well, though I am much more now that I can make my own! This recipe comes from a cookbook that my in-laws gave to me the same Christmas they gave me a bread machine. Oh, how I adore them (and the in-laws, too!! :) ) I use both the cookbook and the bread machine all.the.time.!

Sourdough Starter
"Best Bread Machine Recipes" Better Homes & Gardens

1 1/2 tsp. active dry or bread machine yeast
3/4 cup warm water (105-115 degrees)
3 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
3 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp. granulated sugar or brown sugar

Dissolve the yeast in 3/4 cup warm water. Stir in the 3 cups warm water, the flour, and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high until smooth.

Cover with 100% cotton cheesecloth. Let stand at room temperature (75-85 degrees) for 5 to 10 days or until the mixture has a sour, fermented aroma, stirring 2-3 times each day. (The fermentationtime will depend upon the room temperature. A warmer room will speed up the fermentation process.) When the mixture has fermented, transfer starter to a 2-qt. or larger plastic container. Refrigerate the starter until needed.

*To use starter, stir it thoroughly upon removing from the refrigerator (it will have separated). Measure the needed amount and bring to room temperature before using.

**For each cup of starter used, replenish by adding
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (bread flour will make the starter stringy.)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar or brown sugar

(I like to mix this up in a separate bowl before adding it to the remaining starter.) Cover and let mixture stand at room temperature for at least a day or until it is bubbly. Refrigerate for later use.

If you haven't used the starter within 10 days, stir in 1 tsp. granulated or brown sugar. Repeat every 10 days unless starter is replenished.

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