Hello again! Hopefully I'll have more to say this week! Not that I was too terribly missed last week or anything! ;-)
I'm very excited about a new project I'm trying out. Backing up a bit, my mom used to bake homemade sour dough bread ALL the time. It was heavenly - especially if you caught it right out of the oven. I remember it being a process though. That took days! And you have to "feed" your starter and then use it or throw some of it away! You had to keep it alive!! But boy, did it turn out the BEST bread! There were also so many variations you could play with - rosemary bread, whole wheat bread, cinnamon rolls.... YUM.
So, after years of watching my mother bake her bottom off, I've decided to give it a try!! Last week I gathered my ingredients to bring my "pet" to life - yeast, sugar, water, and potato flakes (!?) yes, instant potato flakes! I mixed it and then I let it sit out for 1 day and in the fridge for 3 days!
Saturday night I took it out of the fridge and fed it! Some more sugar, water and potato flakes! Then it has to sit out for 12 hours! I woke up early Sunday morning to mix the bread - bascially 6 cups of bread flour, some of your starter, sugar, oil, and water! THEN you have to let THAT rise for many hours - only to take it out, knead it, put it in bread pans and let it rise AGAIN!!! Then FINALLY getting to bake it for 35 minutes!!!
Whew, it'll have taken me 1 week to make 2 loaves of this complicated but delicious bread! I'm sure it will take me a while of playing around with times of rising and baking. They also say the longer you've had the starter, the better the bread. There's a lot of science behind this stuff!
So if this bread baking adventure gets going like my momma had it going - my friends are going to be enjoying many a loaves of bread! :-) We used to give it away like crazy!
There's my starter and my recipe!! :-)