When morning sickness hit me full blown back at week 6, I mentioned to a friend that I was putting bread-baking on hold for awhile. When she heard that, she kindly lent me her bread machine.
At first I was unsure about trying to adapt my favorite bread recipe for the bread machine--but then I remembered that I recently bought The Best Bread Machine Cookbook Ever. Sweet! Time to try some new recipes out...
The recipes that appealed to me most in the book were versions of sourdough bread, something I've never attempted before, because I've always been lacking a starter.
But no more! 3 days ago, I started my very first sourdough starter. It took about 2 minutes.
According to the directions in the bread machine cookbook, you simply combine 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of water and a pinch of yeast. Stir it, and then leave alone for a week, unrefrigerated. Then it's ready to be used!
Here's my starter on day one (I leave it covered with a clean kitchen towel):
And now on day 3:
I've done a little reading now on sourdough starters, and apparently you can make it with only flour and water. There are ALL KINDS of resources out there to help you make sourdough bread and nurture your starter. For now, I'm just going to follow the super instructions in my cookbook and see what happens.
Have you successfully made sourdough bread before?
If you're looking for more info, check out Kitchen Stewardship and Keeper of the Home's posts on sourdough bread. These ladies have you covered!
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