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.img_5082

I started out purchasing these two crocks as I wanted to make an Amish Friendship Bread starter as well.img_5127

This was my sourdough starter a few days in. EDITTED TO ADD RECIPE LINK:  the King Arthur Sourdough Started Recipe is what I am using.


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!!  EDITED TO ADD RECIPE:  This one is also from the King Arthur website.  It’s the Rustic Sourdough Bread.


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!!  EDITED TO ADD RECIPE:  Sourdough Waffles or Pancakes.


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.  EDITED TO ADD RECIPE:  Sourdough Pizza Crust.

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!

11 thoughts on “Sourdough

  1. You are inspiring me!!! Do you have the recipe for your starter? I would love to try it:)❤️❤️

  2. Should we make it a Fantastic Bake Along adventure?:). Yummmmm!!

  3. That would be great!! I used the starter recipe on the King Arthur Flour website. Would this still qualify for the Fantastic Bake Along?

  4. My DH wants us to have sourdough starter, but we haven’t yet. King Arthur Flour….I’ll check it out.

    • It is super easy to start and keep. You can even put it in the fridge and only feed it once a week if you don’t want to be cooking all the time. For right now, I have enough mouths to feed that I can use the starter every other day or so and it stays on my counter.

  5. I want to do this too. I did it years ago with a “frienship” starter that you shared, but ran out of friends to share with 😃. This would go great with a study im participating with the book The Gentle Art of Domesticity. Connie, where did you get your crocks and what size are they? They are beautiful!!

    • I purchased them at Cost Plus World Market. They are the 2pt size. It’s funny you mention the “friendship” starter because I also have one of those on the counter as well! I’m not sharing it as none of my friends want to do it, but I am making bread, pancakes, and all kinds of cookies with it.

    • Hi Edi, I have updated the blog to include all the recipes. They are all from the King Arthur Flour website and I found them easy to follow.

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