So this is my first experience with cooking bread from scratch. Hopefully it turns out well and I don’t completely fail for all to see online. Wish me luck!
My first step is to make my sourdough starter. I did this by mixing 4 cups flour with 4 cups water. The water was boiled to remove chlorines then allowed to cool before mixing it in. I covered my container with a towel and set on top of the refrigerator for the ambient heat.
Here is what my starter looked like on day two. Notice the bubbles… that means I’m doing it right because that is the yeast feeding. Here my starter still smelled like flour but eventually it should have a sour or fruity smell to it.
Today I added 1 cup flour and 1 cup water and mixed well. Then covered and placed back on top of the refrigerator.
Here is what my starter looked like today. Noticed the yeast is still feeding and I have a thin layer of brownish liquid on top. This is alcohol being released and will be drained off eventually.
Today I added 1 cup flour and 1 cup water. I also sprinkled some brown sugar in and mixed everything well. Then once again I covered and placed back on the refrigerator. It now has more of a sour smell and less of a flour smell.
Here is what my starter looked like today. I had a lot of alcohol sitting on top that needed to be drained.
I drained the alcohol and added 1 cup flour and mixed well. After doing that the starter looked much better and started bubbling again.
My starter is now ready to use so night 4 I am attempting my first loaves……….
Time to bake
I started out with:
2 1/2 cups water heated to 110 degrees
3 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons yeast
I mixed the above ingredients well and let sit for 8- 10 minutes.
After that I added 1 stick of melted butter.
Then I added:
6 cups flour
2 cups starter
And mixed in a KitchenAid mixer for about 8 minutes.
Once the consistency was correct I split the dough into 2 loaves and cut a few slits in the top. Then buttered the top and sides and sprinkled generously with Kosher salt.
Then placed them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes
(I’m getting better at it!)
I will continue to feed my starter everyday for now. Once it becomes more mature it will not require daily feedings.
Well I’ve really enjoyed this experience and plan to continue making my own bread. There are endless possibilities out there as far as different flavors of breads. Maybe a few more plain sourdough batches for me then I’ll start making more fancy recipes. I highly recommend anyone with interest in bread baking to give it a try. It’s fairly easy and fun!