Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tasty Tuesday


                 I haven't found a recipe yet that hasn't failed me, this is why I love the Internet! What is even better are food gifts in jars, I love jars! When I found this idea yesterday, thanks to Pinterest, I knew what today's post would feature, I can smell the sour dough bread baking already! If you haven't tried sourdough bread yet, please do, and if you've never made it yourself, please do!!

        For this bread, you need a starter, a simple task, so don't panic! I've made many batches, all successful, the trick is to stir it daily so it doesn't stand still and separate. If your like me and love the more sour taste, let it go a bit longer.

Sour Dough Starter:

2 c. all purpose flour
2 t. sugar
1 pkg. dry yeast
2 c. warm water
Mix flour, sugar and water in large bowl, no metal, and combine. Slowly add water to blend well, like a thick paste. Set your bowl on a plate and cover with a dish cloth and place in a warm place for 3-5 days, stirring once a day. Your starter is ready when it has a pleasant, sour odor and looks bubbly. This recipe makes enough for 2 starters. Transfer your starter to 2 jars, one for you and one to give away! Place in refridgertor.

      Next, go to Armommy to download the cute labels shown above to print out, perfect to keep track of your starter. When your ready to use your starter in a recipe, remove from fridge and allow to come to room temp before doing so. Pour your starter jar into a glass or ceramic bowl, remember no metal and add to it: 1 c. flour and 1 c. warm water and stir well and let sit over night or 8 hours. Return at least one cup back to the jar to store, this is your mother starter. Use the rest in your favorite recipe ( google it, pancakes and bread are the best! ) but always replenish so you have it on hand.

       Once you've had homemade sourdough, the way the pioneers made it, you won't go back to store bought! There are many cookbooks aimed at sour dough cookery, it's really a lost art that needs to be brought back, after all, what goes around, comes around! Enjoy!!

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