My friend Shirley was looking for bread machine recipes since the ones she had worked but were not always the best. I told her I had a book that I have been using since '97 (OK can I be any older?!). She found a used copy on Amazon but in the meantime asked which ones I enjoyed making.
One of them was Sourdough bread. For those of you who don't know this type of bread, unlike other bread recipes where you add the yeast to the mix and you're good to go, for this one you have to make what is called a starter (mixture of flour, water, sugar, etc) and you let it sit on your counter for a week while it "comes to life". After about a week, you use some of it in your bread machine to make a loaf and whatever is left goes into the fridge. You do need to keep "feeding" the starter with sugar and flour as you use it so it can replenish. Just do a search on the Internet for Sourdough and you will understand what I mean.
Anyway, after talking to Shirley, I decided I would get some "starter" going. It takes anywhere from 5+ days to mature and I'm hoping by next Sunday, Mother's Day" I will be able to serve some nice bread when the family comes to visit.
So, in addition to my other ramblings, I will be adding Sourdough Watch to this blog and include pics for those of you who are interested and even for those of you who are not! LOL!
So here you are: pic of Day 1 - Actually not much to see, the ingredients are in the bowl, they have been completely blended and are now sitting on my countertop under a piece of cheescloth. Supposedly I don't have to do anything for a week. I'm looking forward to how it's going to turn out! LOL!
Anyway, I want to say thank you to those who have emailed me with suggestions for new .gsd and .knk files (thank goodness someone other than my mom is reading this blog!) I have made up a list and will slowly be creating them and uploading either here or Cutters Market. I'll keep you posted.
Talk to you soon!