BillyG, Scrap, damfino -
Here's a great video for "Simple Sourdough for Lazy People". ...I prefer the term "Discerning Opportunist" (lol).
I have never had a bad loaf while using "Bread Flour" (w/malted Barley), plus I feel free to add a cup of any other type of flour with no fear - so you'll NEVER get me to use "All Purpose" flour as a base for bread (I use rye or pumpernickel for starter) - but this method is definitely worth checking out!
For "Sourdough Newbies", Ben Starr also has a "How to Make Sourdough Starter from ANY Flour" and a "Sourdough Starter, Part 2" video available on YouTube.
I know, I need to ban myself from YouTube...- Emily
So, after reading about BillyG’s adventure with sourdough starter, I decided to have a go at it. It took me about of month of testing different “formulas” (and several sacks of flour, with many piles of goopy doughy mistakes), but I think I’ve got it now. I’ve got a good starter, and have made some good loaves of sourdough bread.
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SharonC - That's great news - your starter & loaf look perfect!
I sure hope someday I'll be well enough to get back in the kitchen - I miss it & Kevin's got no desire to make extra mess to clean up nowadays (sigh), when we're trying to be helpful before #7 Grandbaby arrives in November.
So, might you be interested in an old favorite recipe I developed for this time of the year - "Sourdough Pumpkin Bread/Rolls with a Marmalade Filling" (instead of plain Cinnamon Rolls)? It's good for 2 large loaves or 24 good-sized rolls. My printer/scanner's on the fritz at the moment, but should be fixed soon.
So, after reading about BillyG’s adventure with sourdough starter, I decided to have a go at it.......
....Who knew that this would be a violin AND bread making forum! Thanks guys
LOL @SharonC - just caught up with the post ! Well done - a really fine looking starter and finished loaf! There's nothing "magical" about it once you get to grips with the technique. I've recently "resuscitated" a 2 week old (err, I really mean "forgotten about because of other things..." - during which time, yes - still made our own bread, but just using normal dried yeast) starter that had a deep layer of brownish hooch - took 3 days to bring her back-to-the-light from the "other-side" hahaha - but it's ready to go ! Cool !
And of course - thanks so much to @ELCBK for your shared recipes and hints - I've made your chocolate bundt cake (well, something "very close to it") twice now - my good lady was well impressed ! Even made some sourdough based traditional ψωμί μαγιάς LOL ( I had to google translate that - how accurate it happens to be to Greek readers I have NO IDEA...! ) - it's "Greek bread" - the aroma during cooking is simply mouth-watering, and the result is ultra-moreish. Just in mentioning this - I absolutely had to go find my notated score ( oh - I mean recipe ) - and I can't locate it .. hmmm that's annoying - it'll turn up, I probably archived it.... now I mentioned it, I'll really have to make it again. Darn it all !!!! LOL
Nice one, SharonC ! Welcome to the SD Club !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)