I read the Sourdough by Robin Sloan a couple of months ago and was intrigued and inspired to try to make a starter. With the holidays coming up though I thought I would wait until New Year to get it going.
I started out purchasing these two crocks as I wanted to make an Amish Friendship Bread starter as well.
This was my sourdough starter a few days in.
The first thing I tried when the starter was ready was bread. It was super easy to make – you just mix the starter with a few things and leave it on the counter. The bread tastes fantastic!!
The next thing I wanted to try were waffles. This requires an “overnight sponge” which is also easy and save a huge amount of time in the morning because there is nothing to mix up. It’s ready when you are and you can just spoon the batter into the waffle maker. Another success!!
The last thing I have made so far with the starter is homemade pizza crust. Every Friday (this is from last Friday) we have pizza and watch a movie as a family. Everyone had so much fun gathered around the table making their crusts and then loading them with the things they wanted, that there has been a request to have homemade pizza every Friday instead of store bought.
The only thing I have had to really stay on top of is planning. If I want to have bread at dinner, I need to start dough rising early afternoon. If we want to have waffles, I need to prepare the overnight sponge the night before. Really though, it’s so much fun!! I have yet to hear my starter sing like in the book, but when the kitchen is quiet I can hear the bubbles popping. Such a success!