Jumping on the Sourdough Bandwagon

One thing that I love to do is bake bread. It’s so relaxing to bake bread for some reason. When the Coronavirus hit and I found myself with a lot more extra time, I decided it would be the perfect time to start a sourdough starter. Apparently, everyone else had the same thought, and about a week or two after starting my sourdough, I started hearing about how sourdough was all the rage during the quarantine times. So I guess I jumped on the bandwagon without even knowing it. But here I am with a living, bubbling sourdough starter. It’s fascinating!

Frodough, my sourdough (yes, I named it), is now three weeks old and making the yummiest bread. I have tried three different recipes and several different techniques to see what works and doesn’t work. I’ve done lots of experimenting and have become a little obsessed with the whole process. I even made my husband buy a couple of the giant bags of flour from Sam’s because there is a little bit of a flour shortage right now, and I didn’t want to have to stop baking!

My first couple of attempts were interesting to say the least. The dough was frustratingly sticky, hard to work with, and did not do anything I thought it should do. It was so different than making regular bread. The bread wasn’t pretty, but it was definitely tasty and had the crispiest, crackliest crunch, which is my favorite part of the loaf.

For my latest loaf, I used the Beginner Artisan Sourdough Recipe from the Homemade Food Junkie website, and it has been my best bread so far. It actually made 2 loaves, so I was able to share with my neighbors.

If it were up to me, I would practice and bake every day and some day open my own bakery. I LOVE to bake, but alas, it is back to work tomorrow. There are three weeks of school left, and even though school has been canceled for the year, there are still things that this Librarian has to get done. Student device check in will certainly be interesting this year. Next Thursday, I will take Frodough out of the Fridge, feed him a couple of times, and get ready to bake again next weekend. Are there any tried and true sourdough recipes out there that I need to try?

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