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I mentioned in a recent post that I had put on a sourdough starter. This is not my first time using sourdough but I don’t think I have ever been this committed.
It kind of feels like this sourdough is another member of our household. Waiting to be fed and looked after everyday.
I am still learning, but I have been doing quote a lot of baking these last few days. It has been very enjoyable!
Recipes I tried
In the beginning, the started needs feeding everyday and you have some dough to discard. I don’t like throwing away food so I have made something with the discard most days.
One of our favourite sourdough things so far have been pancakes! Both SJ and Edd loved them. SJ has hers with apple sauce, Edd has lemon and sugar and I use maple syrup as a topping. A very lovely breakfast or desert!
I used a recipe by Tastes of Lizzy T. Really simple and they turned out great each time.
I saw a few recipes for crackers but was a bit hesitant first as it sounded a bit difficult. However, I am so glad I tried anyway! The dough is very quickly put together and prepped and they bake in no time.
So far, I have only made these crackers by Alexandra’s Kitchen once. I just seasoned them with salt and sesame seeds but I am excited to experiment with different seeds and spices. I bet Rosemary would be lovely for example.
I saw someone on YouTube use this recipe by The Feathered Nest and it looked delicious, so I decided to give it a go! I didn’t have the flour the recipe called for so substituted with some spelt and rye. That maybe was a mistake – the loaf didn’t rise very much at all.
However, it still turned out well enough! It tastes a bit too sweet for me, but the dough is nice and soft. SJ often leaves the crust of bread if it is too hard, so something like this bread is great for her.
Sourdough Banana bread
In our house, we are big fans of banana bread. So making a sourdough banana bread was a bit of a no-brainer. I used a recipe that someone had briefly shared on YouTube. (I unfortunately can’t find the video anymore, but it was very similar to this recipe).
I used a lot less sugar and used wholegrain flour and it turned out lovely. So so delicious!
Rustic Sourdough Bread
Finally, I made the Rustic Sourdough Bread by King Arthur Baking. I still was out of all-purpose flour and apparently hadn’t learned from my mistakes…! So I again used other flours than the recipe called for with similar results. My dough rose only veeery slowly and the final bakes result was quite compact. Not badly but it would have been nice if it had been a bit more airy and fluffy.
It does taste really nice though. I used half wholegrain wheat flour, half rye. Also, in the recipe you add yeast as well as sourdough. My yeast was out of date – it might have lost some of its powers… so I would like to try again with the exact ingredients to see if it makes a difference.
I think I am hooked! I put my starter into the fridge now, so that instead of daily feedings I will only need to attend to her once a week! I am looking forward to trying out more recipes and learning along the way. Getting a perfect loaf of bread would be pretty amazing!
Do let me know if you have any favourite sourdough recipes, I would love to try them!
This is Day 49 of my 100 Day Project. You can learn more about my 100 day project by reading this post. If you want to do your own 100 day Project, I would recommend checking out the 100 Day Project website.