Having lived in the Midwest now for the past 13 years, we've had some lean times when it comes to sourdough. Real sourdough was hard to find!. We are talking YEARS, that I was denied the tasty tangy bread. Nowadays, there are a couple places that regularly stock it, and I usually buy all they have. So you can see why I was so eager to learn how to make it myself.
If you know me, you might know that I have conquered some big challenges. I am a mom. I am a woodworker. I have a degree in Industrial Electricity. I can sew, cook, build, plant, grow, paint...you name it, I've probably dabbled in it. I can even balance your books. So why is it, that when I wanted to make a sourdough starter, I suddenly had 10 thumbs??
If there was a wrong turn to take, I took it. I had no intuition when it came to the starter. I was scared to do the wrong thing, and as a result, I killed off three starters. That was when the miracle happened. I opened up my failure to my Facebook friends (you can read about that here: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=227546357304389) and you walked me through it!! I found clarity and composition...The AHA moment! Finally!
Starter #4 began with the cookbook closed. I knew the drill by heart, but unlike before, this time I had confidence. I didn't measure anything. I didn't set the timer. I did what felt right. Guess what? My starter thrived! I've successfully baked three loaves of bread this week. I am a rock star!! lol
I've added a page to this blog entitled "Sourdough!". There you will find the starter recipe I used, along with tips and tricks that might help you get to this happy place with me. I hope you try it! It really is a wonderful bread and so nice to share with your family and friends. And to everyone who helped me on my sourdough journey, THANK YOU! I couldn't have done it without you! My family thanks you! The dogs and chickens thank you! (They love it too!)
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