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Thursday, April 11, 2024


 I am so late to the party on this one....but, here I am trying my hand at the art of sourdough.  I was gifted a dehydrated starter and some tools for a Christmas present and started my journey shortly after that.  I named my starter "Gertie" which reminded me of a strong woman from another generation and that's what sourdough is all about right?  An ancestral form of baking passed on through the generations.  

My first bake after I got my sourdough rehydrated was this artisan loaf.  It turned out pretty good for a first try.  I've made two more since then and I'm still working on it.  Between the high altitude and lack of humidity, I feel like I need to make a couple more tweaks to get it just right.  One is to the ratio of flour and water, the second is the bake time.   This bread also has several "stretch and fold" steps which is an art unto itself.  So, in short.....I'm still learning.

The next recipe I tried was a "fluffy sandwich bread".  I love this bread.  It truly is super fluffy and delicious.  Every single bake has been a gem!
I've also tried a few recipes that allows me to use my "discard".    First up was some crackers; similar to wheat thins....then, a cinnamon raisin bread, next a batch of granola (which I like to put on my yogurt), and finally cheddar bay biscuits.   I've truly enjoyed them all.                                                                       
I didn't include any recipes in this post since there are so many to choose from.  Let your fingers do the searching to find some.  I did use the King Arthur website.  But there are so many sourdough bloggers out there, the recipes are all over the internet as well as on social media sites.  

My sourdough starter was purchased from Sourdough Sparrow.   There's a touching story that goes along with their starter that will touch your heart like it did mine.

If you're heading down the sourdough path, or continuing your ongoing journey.  Enjoy the process and the goodness!

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