Do you adore the tangy taste of sourdough bread, but think it would be too difficult to make it at home yourself? Just keep reading below on sourdough bread making, because it is very easy.
While there is no exact date, evidence suggests that the very first sourdoughs were made about 6,000 years ago. Sourdoughs were most likely discovered by accident as the result of fermenting grain, and people soon saw that the sourdough mixture could be saved from one batch to the next. Nowadays people are still using sourdough to make delicious bread, and it is one of the healthiest breads you can eat. Especially if you make it at home yourself. You can make sure that all that goes into your sourdough bread is organic and healthy.
Often people misguidedly think they have to get a sourdough starter from someone. But, the truth is that all you need is a sourdough starter recipe and you will be well on your way. There are many varieties of sourdough, and learning how to make sour dough bread from scratch is going to be a lot easier than you think.
Basic Sourdough Starter Recipe:
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 2 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons of active yeast
Mix the first three ingredients in a clean, non-reactive bowl. Stir in the water and keep stirring until . Cover the bowl with a dishcloth, and let stand in an area that is between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix the flour, sugar and yeast together in a clean, non-reactive bowl. Stir in the warm water and keep stirring until it turns into a thick paste. Then cover the bowl with a clean cloth and let it stand at between 70 and 80 Fahrenheit. Using a porous cloth to cover the bowl allows wild yeasts to make their way into the sourdough batter. It will start to bubble as the fermentation process starts, and you should notice a buildup of foam happening.
You will need to let it sit for two to five days, and give it a gentle stirring once every day. You will know when your sourdough starter mixture is ready once it gets a slightly sour smell and it starts to bubble. Once this happens, then follow the directions for feeding your sourdough starter mixture with flour and water.
Some people are surprised at just how much the sourdough bread making mixture foams up. It is a good idea to put the bowl with the sourdough starter into a sink, in the event your starter gets a little over-excited and bubbles up and right over the top of the bowl. It will be much easier to rinse any overflow down the sink than it will be to clean it up off your counter.
Maintaining Your Sourdough Starter:
Once the sourdough starter has been activated, you can either leave it sitting covered on your counter, or keep it in the refrigerator. You will need to feed it regularly, on a daily basis. To do this, take out one cup of the sourdough batter mixture and add to that – one cup each of warm water and flour. Do not put your starter back into the refrigerator immediately because this will make it cool down far too fast. Let it sit for a while before putting it back into the fridge. If you stop feeding a refrigerated sourdough starter mixture, you can reactivate it by going through the feeding process as above a few times.
Now you know how to make sour dough bread, you will be able to bake some of the best and healthiest bread you have ever tasted. Be warned, though, once you have the real thing you’ll be hooked on sourdough bread making for good.
Sourdough is a simple and easy way to get top quality, vital nutrients into your family. Play around with some different additives and see what you can come up with.