Friday, March 25, 2011

Link Love: Sourdough!

Sourdough is a glorious, lively beast. I bought myself a 100 plus year old Alaskan sourdough starter a little while back, then spent a few weeks moving the packet around my counter- hoping its presence would either inspire or terrify me into re-hydrating it.

Once I started it- I knew I was doomed. I have since become obsessed with everything sourdough. I made pancakes last weekend, and ate 9. I usually can stomach 2-3 before I find them boring and heavy. Sourdough pancakes are like little tart and fluffy pancakes of love. Paired with real maple syrup and fatty salty smokey pepper bacon- there aren't too many things in life that can compare.

If you don't have a sourdough starter and would like to grow your own- this is a great resource- he also includes instructions on feeding and maintaining your sourdough as well as a basic sourdough bread recipe to get you started.

- Basic Whole Wheat Sourdough Tortillas from GNOWFGLINS seem delicate and simple- they'd make a good homemade substitute for crêpes.

- King Arthur Flour seems to have the go-to recipe for Sourdough English Muffins. This recipe makes a lot- but the leftovers can be frozen.

- Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls have been on my radar from day one. I'm obsessed with them- I just need to find time to make them! Dog Island Farm has a simple and well written recipe.

- Sourdough Pancakes from Joy the Baker result in a bit of a thin batter- but reading through the comments should instill nothing but confidence. I'm going to try these this weekend, for a little change of pace (I said little).

- Finally- Sourdough Oatmeal Cookies are simple and don't require much work ahead of time. I really love this idea.

Have you ever worked with sourdough? What are your favorite recipes?


Brittany said...

Yay! I am so glad you posted this, as I have the same starter now and haven't done anything with it!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the link love!

Becky said...

Hey, you're pulling me out of my kitchen... Just finished baking my weekly loaf. It's been a journey to get it just right. Out of about 15 loaves, I think 2 I've been happy with. Today was one. I've found keeping my starter thicker for bread and thinner for pancakes works best for me. I'm not so good at mixing flours yet - the bread is often too heavy or doesn't rise well. I'm using some "white whole wheat" now, and it works great. The bread I bake in a dutch oven with the lid on for 30 min. and then about 2-5 with out to brown it up. Then I find it keeps best in a brown bag, not it plastic or in the fridge. But it still only lasts for a couple of days before it's too dry. I do love baking with the bubbly mass too. enjoy

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