Friday, January 3, 2014

Sour Dough Bread - Yum!

I have recently started making sourdough bread again and we are sure enjoying it. I started with a basic sourdough recipe that uses just 5 ingredients - flour, sugar, yeast, salt and water.

It sits on the counter to ferment for a few days and then after that it is easy to replenish it and use as needed. I am storing mine in a container that came with a lid - we drilled a small hole in the lid and it works great.
I am having a bit of a challenge as our house is not warm enough to ferment it as nicely or as quickly as in the summer. Still, it is working out just fine. At times, this container seems too small so I may have to eventually switch to a larger one.

We had Sourdough cranberry pancakes for breakfast one morning - they were really good - I used both a can of cranberry sauce and a bag of fresh cranberries, which are quite tart. We served them with cream cheese and syrup and added some shredded cheddar cheese and real bacon bits to the top and they were greatly enjoyed. I will have to remember to take more pictures. :)

I made the loaves of bread a bit smaller this time because with this batch, I also made a large deep dish pizza which we devoured for supper. Sorry, I forgot to take any pictures. :)

Homemade bread toast - especially sourdough, is great and we enjoyed it this morning with our eggs and peach jam.

There is a good cookbook, called Sourdough Cookery by Rita Davenport that has many recipes for sourdough. I used the basic recipe from this book to start, but used my regular bread recipe that I always use and changed it to sourdough.  The pancakes were the same - no recipe really, just added ingredients until it looked good and made them.

I plan to experiment more with the sourdough and add to other things. Maybe I will even try some of the recipes in the book. :)  If you are interested, the book can be bought through Amazon or it may even be at your local library....or there are probably many sourdough recipes on line. I bought this book at a garage sale and am glad to have it in my library even though I only used it to start the starter.

It is a great time of year to make more bread - so nice to have it baking and making the house smell so lovely.

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  1. thanks for posting............those baked goods where really good! <3

  2. Could you give me some tips on how to incorporate sourdough starter into my normal bread recipe? Can I just add some? I know nothing about sourdough, but would like to try it.

  3. Yes, you could just add some and "play" with the amounts - What I did was that I reduced my yeast and only put about 1/3 of what I normally use for the recipe.....and then added about 1-2 cups of sourdough, depending on how much bread I made and I made 5 loaves at a time when I used 2 cups of the sourdough. I also had to reduce the other liquids a bit to account for the liquid in the sourdough. The bread needs to raise longer than regular bread. Hope that helps - it tastes great. :)

  4. I've been thinking about trying some sourdough.

    1. It really is good - and works well in pancakes, muffins and more.......The 4 loaves of bread I made yesterday were not sourdough, but I need to make that good. :) Thanks for visiting.........