Since my long run on March 6, I’ve been recovering and trying to get caught up on life. Unfortunately, I did have a Lyme relapse, but it was manageable–and a sign that it’s just not time to stop fighting. I also, however, received a gift that has taken a bit of my time, another microscopic form of life that’s much nicer than Lyme spirochetes. I got a preview of the gift, a.k.a. my new pets, a week before the race when this showed up in my office mailbox:
Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s a huge half-loaf of homemade sourdough bread. You see, I had to attend a weekend conference back in February, but out of that loss of my weekend I got to talk with a colleague (a lot) on four long plane flights. We discovered that his wife and I share a love of baking. First came the bread. Then not quite two weeks ago I got the holy grail: her sourdough starter, now almost a quarter of a century old. Sourdough starter saves you from buying little packages of yeast, some with chemicals added. You can use it to make baked goods with all organic ingredients. Sourdough starter really is magic.
My benefactor sent with the starter her own sourdough recipe. It looked good (and I know it tasted good, because we’d gotten the first gift!) but used handmade proofing baskets and a 24-hour rising period. The starter also (apparently) needed to be fed once a day. Well, you know me. I can’t stand to throw stuff out, so I determined to test refrigerating the starter to delay feeding (which definitely works) and reduce how much starter I had and to use the starter in other ways. Since I got the starter, I’ve made several loaves of whole-grain bread, pancakes, and even pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins. Yes, the recipes will all follow, and I promise to post them with alternatives for making them without sourdough starter.
The votes are in! Whole-wheat sourdough and whole-wheat bread are now posted here. Next up will be pumpkin-chocolate chip bread!
Do you bake with sourdough? Did you create your own starter, or did you receive it as a gift? How long have you kept a sourdough starter going?
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