The City Chicks

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Sally the starter… March 24, 2009

Filed under: From our Kitchen — Flour Girls & City Chicks @ 2:03 pm

Yes, I named my sourdough starter. This is about my 5th time or so making a sourdough starter. Mine always ended up either black, filled with hooch on top or both. I had told myself that I was done trying to be an artisan bread maker where sourdough was concerned. I would leave it to others to do all the work on that particular variety. After all I can usually bake the rest with pretty good success. But then it came…My February-March issue of MaryJanes Farm. I read it through a few times and thought to myself that MaryJane has yet to fail me. So I will give the sourdough another try. Of course, I put off starting it for at least two weeks or so. Well I made my first loaf of sourdough this week. It was the tiniest little loaf. It didn’t seem to have much rise to it after sitting about 5 hours. Then I remembered that my fancy dancy oven had a “proofing” setting on it. I had never used it before. I had never needed it. Well I read the manual through and figured out how to work that setting. Gently tossed the sourdough into the oven to proof for 2 more hours. It did rise a tad bit in there but not much. After that I pulled it out and preheated my oven and put the little loaf back in the oven to bake. It baked nicely into a small dense round of bread. It was great warm with elderberry jam on it! So I guess for now I am a convert to this sourdough way of life. After all sourdough is actually better for you than wheat bread. Yes, it is true! Google it.

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One Response to “Sally the starter…”

  1. ~~Mikki Jo Says:

    I love your blog! I came over from MJF. Will have to try that recipe if I can get my hands on it. I had no idea sour dough was better for you. That is very interesting. I am on a very low fat diet due to an artery blockage in my heart. I’m having a Donation Giveaway over at my blog http://www.burningmeadowsprings.blogspot.com stop by and tell all your friends please. Blessings, Mikki


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