And Sourdough? Oh sourdough, how do I love you? Let me count the ways...
I am also learning the art of food fermentation. Yogurt, Water Kefir, soaked grains... the many uses of sourdough starter! Oh I've made muffins and pancakes and more pancakes and waffles and pancakes. Did I mention the pancakes? (Today IS National Pancake Day, people!)
Except... I have NOT had much success with sourdough bread. It just didn't come out... right. It didn't rise, it was WAY too crusty. Don't get me wrong, I love crust... just not enough to chip a tooth on it. So sourdough has elluded me... until today!
Another thing I love? Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a day. This is the ONLY way I can have fresh bread in the summer. It is just too busy a time of year to be on a bungy cord attached to the kneading and rising and punching and rising and shaping and rising and baking... gesh. I have bett-ah things to do! Like
Wait, wait, what? You've never heard of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day!? Oh ma gosh. It's SOOOO easy. You mix up, like, 4 ingredients, put it in a non metal bowl, let it rise, stick it in the fridge and pull out a softball size ball of dough everytime you want artisan bread. Or you can make it into pizza, or cinnamon rolls or well, anything that's made with dough. You get the idea here? You see the broad scope of possibilities?!
Next comes the inspiration that
Sourdough Bread in 5 Minutes a day
1 1/2 c Sourdough Starter (my starter is fed 1/2 flour, 1/2 water quantities at a time)
2 1/4 c warm water
1 tsp active dry yeast (you need a little of this yeast in order to get a good rise from the 'fridge)
1 Tbsp kosher salt
6 c flour (I used organic white)
Mix it all up. I used my kitchenaid mixer, but absolutely do NOT leave your dough to rise in a stainless steel bowl. It messes with the wee yeasties. Transfer over to a ceramic or