sourdough loving



I've had a mixed relationship with sourdough. It started well, with a from-scratch starter and passable loaves. For a while it completely replaced yeasted bread around here. 

Then I moved to the farm and neglected my starter and it all went pear shaped. The chooks ate a lot of heavy-as-lead sourdough. A lot. My friend Heidi gave me some of her starter which was legendarily from the same mother as the one used by Berry Sourdough. I made one good loaf. The next wasn't so good and by the time the starter had lived with me for a fortnight only the chickens were eating the bread. 

Finally I chucked it in, much to the chooks relief, until last weekend I nicked some starter from my friends Greg and Jan. Thankfully I had given them some of my orginal starter when I first embarked on the adventure, and they did a much better job with it than me. The gift that keeps giving. Thanks you guys!

I made an average loaf yesterday. It's on the bench and someone made some toast with it. 

But today I think I got it right. It's not perfect but it's not chook food. We can work on that open hole structure, as long as I can keep the damn starter alive. 



Yesterday I used the River Cottage Bread cookbook recipe, the one I had persisted and persisted with unsuccessfully. I adjusted it a bit today. I won't be so bold as to blog it yet, let's get it right twice first. 



I'd forgotten how much I like it. Chewy and tasty. Great with chicken soup and lashings of butter for dinner. Back on the horse. Hooray. 



Happy Wednesday lovely folk.


4 Comments on “sourdough loving

May 2, 2013 at 7:38 am

Hi Fiona. My son has requested a sponge cake for his birthday. I’ve bought the Women’s Weekly baking tome but to be honest, all my best baking comes from your recipes. So, I’d like to point out that way back in 2010 you promised us your grandma’s sponge cake recipe. If you’re still keen on Cake Monday, I’m officially requesting her sponge cake!

Julie @ Tui Creek Tales
May 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

Yum, that bread looks delicious. I’d like to bake sourdough bread but the starter side of it puts me off – I tried starting a starter once but I kept forgetting about it. But, your bread is making my mouth water so I might try again. x

May 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I’m a bit in love with sourdough at the moment so I really enjoyed your mouthwatering post.

May 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Youre right, I did. Ive been SO slack with the whole cake of Monday thing, thanks for the lovely encouragement, Ill post it on Monday, I promise! Thats not too late for the birthday cake is it??!


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