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SOUR-START - Starter culture for making sourdough bread
Many people think of sourdough as something from the Gold
Rush days. Not so! Sourdough was the first way raised
breads were made. "Way back then," there was no such thing
as active dry yeast, and all breads (along with a number of
other goodies) needed sourdough starter to rise.
There are a number of recipes for sourdough starter, but
this is one I've used, and it works fairly well. It came
originally from the cookbook The Complete Sourdough Cookbook
by Don Holm.
INGREDIENTS (makes 3 cups)
2 cups warm water (about 110 deg. F)
2 1/2 cups
1 pkg active dry yeast (optional)
(1) Get a container for the starter. Crockery is
best, but just about anything can be used, except
metal. Try to get something with a lid. I use a
vinyl plastic food-storage container.
(2) Mix flour and water (and optionally yeast).
(3) Let the starter sit (uncovered or loosely covered)
in a warm place until bubbly and sour, about 3-5
If you do a lot of bread baking, there will probably be
enough yeast spores floating around your kitchen so that the
added yeast isn't needed. The less yeast you add to the
starter, the more "authentic" the flavor.
If the starter starts turning orange or green, throw it
away. Other nasty things have started growing in it!
After the starter is ready, it can be used immediately. Try
to use some of the starter once every few days, or it will
start to die. The starter can be refrigerated to last
longer (use at least every other week). Make sure the star-
ter is at room temperature before using.
After using some of the starter, replenish what you take
with equal amounts of warm water and flour. Let the starter
sit until nice and bubbly before using again.
Usually, the first starter made will need a while to "come
up to strength." Best bets for first recipes are ones that
don't require much raising, such as pancakes, or ones that
have additional yeast.
Difficulty: easy. Time: 5 minutes preparation, 5 days
waiting. Precision: no need to measure.
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Andrew Macpherson)
Subject: RECIPE: Sourdough cake
Date: 17 Apr 87 05:40:12 GMT
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