Since Brian’s sister moved to Houston, she was able to share the family sourdough starter with me. I’ve wanted some starter for years, but I didn’t really have access to it since we lived so far away from his family.
The cool thing about this starter is that it originated from Brian’s grandmother’s friend. It’s an old recipe, but the maintenance is so minimal. I only have to feed it maybe once a month.
With the sourdough, I wanted to try making our own bread. I mentioned before I have tried several different recipes and variations, and everyone gives this one a thumbs up. I’m going to keep making this one until I find another recipe that is better, but this came about after some trial and error!
- 2.5 cups room temperature/warm water
- 1.5 TB yeast
- 1.5 TB salt
- 3 TB sugar
- 2 cups wheat flour
- 4 cups flour
- 1 cup of sourdough starter
- 1 TB gluten (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a mixer until just mixed. The dough will be a bit sticky and wet. Let rise overnight in the fridge, or after a couple of hours, covered. Divide into two lightly oiled loaf pans (especially important if you have glass pans). Let rise again, covered with a dish towel. Put the uncovered pans into the oven BEFORE you preheat to bake at 425 for 30-35 minutes.
Do you have any sourdough recipes you enjoy? I tried making cookies from it and they came out more like mini-muffins than anything else. Banana bread has been pretty good too.