Sunday evening; I had spent the day roasting beef for Sunday dinner, veggies for the next few nights and some meal prep in general. I gave myself the baking bug, and also ended up making some really delicious baked apples using this recipe from The Kitchn - I already had the oven on, and the bag of apples I bought at the growers market on Saturday were just screaming "make me into a delicious dessert that will then require your boyfriend to go and get vanilla ice cream because you did not prepare for this!"... well, ok, maybe not the last part (but he did go and get the ice cream.. what a sweetheart!)
I then parked my caboose on the couch, intent on devouring the latest edition of The Collective, whilst stuffing my face with caramelly delicious baked apple and ice cream. But then, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall spoke to me. About bread. Ok, so maybe not actually to me, but he happened to be on the TV in the background, and my ears will always prick up when "bread" is mentioned. Delicious homemade bread. I love bread. I tried to do the whole paleo thing once, but I came to found out that if I don't have toast for breakfast, I don't feel like my day has begun. Or that I've eaten at all.
That got me thinking, sourdough starter is on my 10 things to do list, why not now. It's Sunday, the perfect time to start it, because it will be ready for next weekend and then I can sit at home, baking bread and just eating fresh, hot bread slathered in butter and honey, and then never eat anything else again because really, who would want to?! Maybe add in a cup of tea or 10 and I would be a happy little camper. See, I really do love bread.
"Without bread all is misery" - William Cobbett
I couldn't agree more. It is time to start ticking things off my to do list! I used quite an easy recipe, this one from The Kitchn, but converted it to metric. Essentially, it is equal parts water and plain flour, every day for 4-5 days, with a bit of mixing.
I went with 100 grams plain, stone ground unbleached flour and 100 grams of room temperature filtered water. I think I ended up giving it about 1tbsp more of water as it wasn't really looking like such a "shaggy dough". I think that's to do with the type of flour I have used though.
|Sunday evening starter!|
I'm really excited! I can't wait to see how it works out. I'll be feeding it every night and will hopefully have some nice bubbly looking starter some time this week. Today was actually the second day I fed it, and I did notice one or 2 bubbles! I've moved it around the house to try and catch the afternoon breeze to help with the wild yeast doin' it's thang.
I'm going to make a sourdough loaf 2 ways; 1 using our bread machine, the other using the regular oven method. I am really hoping the bread machine yields a good loaf, that way I can set it before going to bed and wake up to a house smelling of glorious fresh bread!
If you've got any bread making tips, I'd love to hear them - baking is not my strong point!