it all started with Kroger changing their sourdough bread supplier. The new loaves didn’t have that sour taste that I so love. I toyed with the idea of making my own knowing that the bread I made way back when was better than store-bought. Gearing up to try it, I researched various sourdough starter kits reading all the reviews and forming my own opinions of their comments. I finally settled on one from a company called San Francisco REAL (their emphasis not mine) Sourdough Bread starter. It wasn’t many days before I realized that I had succumbed to the name when choosing. Feeling a little foolish and a lot more dubious, I decided the only failure would be in not trying at all.
So, with all due deliberation, I began making the starter. The recipe called for the starter mix, a 1/2 cup each of flour and bottled water. Stir well and let it rest covered for 12-24 hours. That’s what I did and continued doing for the next seven days. It bubbled and grew which made my heart quickly go pity pat. Finally, the big day arrived when I could make the bread.
I mixed up a recipe for Extra Long Fermented Sourdough and let it sit overnight to ferment. The next morning, it was kneading, kneading, kneading for ten minutes which seemed like forty….I’m kidding it wasn’t that bad, I’m just out of practice. But it was satisfying to watch the dough come together forming a nice shape and texture. Placing it in a buttered pan and putting it in the oven for proofing. Now, I’m sitting here like a parent with a new baby. Will it rise? Will it double in size? Will it taste good? I’m already critiquing the whole process since I think my starter was too liquid so I’m wondering if that will be a problem. This process is starting to feel like a soap opera.
Then, I realize that if it isn’t right the first time, then, all I’ve lost is some flour. And there’s always time to do it again. And that is what I did, make it again, because the first loaf never did rise, but then the initial mix hadn’t either. The second batch doubled in size and after baking it, I had to have a taste. Meh, it’s fine but not right. After this loaf, I’ll try again using a different recipe.