I enjoy baking for my family – especially cakes, cookies and breads. I’ve had a bread machine for years, and will periodically haul it out of the closet to bake loaves and loaves of fresh bread. (I don’t like finished bread from a machine so I just let it work up the dough, then I let it rise once more and bake it in my stone loaf pan.)
A several weeks ago, I began the process of prepping sourdough starter, and I now have a crock full of the bubbly, sweet-yeasty stuff. It’s finally at the stage that I can scoop measured portions of the goopy leaven for heavy boules of bread with holes so appealing that Swiss cheese would be envious.
I’ve also used the starter to make coffee cakes and waffles. Next, I’ll try using it to make a pie crust for quiché.
After I feed the starter, I anxiously wait a couple of hours before lifting the lid off the crock. If I’m greeted with that clean, sour smell and bubbles, if it has expanded, creeping close to the crock rim, I’m practically giddy. That means my starter is alive and well.
I keep the starter at a 100% hydration, meaning feeding it equal measures of water and flour – typically 4 ounces of each. A digital scale helps me do that because a standard measuring cup of water weighs considerable more that a cup of flour. Feeding the starter this way makes it rather thick, about the consistency and viscosity of Slime, only stickier.
I think I am more excited and gratified that I have maintained my starter for this long than any of the baked good I’ve made with it.
“A soul is but the last bubble of a long fermentation in the world.” George Santayana
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