Tuesday, May 06, 2008
All Things Sour Dough (update below)
Lately I've been on a quest to bake the perfect loaf of sour dough bread. Near the end of March, I started my own starter and have been nurturing, coaxing, oooohing and aaaaahing at its transformation from a bowl of water, flour and a pinch of sugar ... and turning into this wonderful wild yeast mixture. Thankfully, my new oven has a proofing mode which is a perfect environment to produce the starter. My official taste tester is Ann. She is a sour dough bread affectionado and is quite honest with her opinion. Last night I prepared a sponge dough that included a cup of the starter ... and after getting good and sour in the oven all night ... this morning I baked two loaves of pretty good sour dough bread. My attempts to make said bread in my bread machine were not very well received ... so I'm going to stick with making the sponge dough and tweaking the recipe a bit. If anyone has a suggestion, just leave me a comment. Tonight I'm going to whip up a batch of sour dough pancake mix to make in the morning. My kids are the guinea pigs once again....
Ann's comment as she ate some of the bread: "It makes my mouth pucker" ... the sourer the better in her book. Pancakes came out much as I remembered from childhood ... first had them in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a family vacation. With the cost of a loaf of good quality sour dough bread ... I'm going to bake to my heart's desire and thumb my nose at store bought. Thanks for the suggestion, Connie ... sounds yummy. Pat ... do you really want some bread ;) ... Margie ... this bread is better and very easy to make without a bread machine. I'll try to post the recipe on my much neglected cooking blog. Grandma ... glad you made it back from your extended trip.