Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sourdough Starter . . . Works For Me Wednesday

Nothing makes me feel like more of a real baker than baking homemade bread. Here's the problem....I forget. I have good intentions, then lunch rolls around and we have turkey and cheese and mustard...no bread.


Well, that's all changed since I bought a sourdough starter.
{See it bubbling away in there?!?}

Sourdough starter is the beginning of sourdough breads (and more)...and it's so easy to keep on hand. I keep mine in the fridge and "feed" it with water and flour about once a week. (The instructions come with the starter.)

No more forgetting to make bread because every time I open the refrigerator, there it is, staring back at me. {Kinda like those googly eyes in the Geico commercials.}


Here are some of the goodies I've made with my starter:

Sourdough bread (duh)...




Sourdough Ciabatta (now it's getting interesting)....




Sourdough Cinnamon Swirl Bread (ooooo)....



Sourdough Bread Bowls (look out, Panera!).....




even, Sourdough Waffles!


I've also made Sourdough Pizza Crust, but keep forgetting to take a picture. Pizza doesn't last long around here.

So, there you have it, Sourdough Starter works for me (you can buy your own here, from King Arthur Flour)! Click on over to Works for Me Wednesday for more great tips and ideas!

{This post was not sponsored in any way by King Arthur Flour. I'm happy to be an unpaid spokesmodelbaker.}


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56 comments:

  1. Good for you on the sourdough. Love making bread but don't make sourdough very often. But BBA is getting there.

    Great looking breads.

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  2. just through my sourdough starter out...just didn't know if I could revive it and now this post? I think I am supposed to make some tomorrow...where did you buy it from?

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  3. oh, those all look soooooo good! Can you share where you purchased your sourdough starter? Thanks!

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  4. Those all look SO YUMMY! I've never done sourdough bread. I love to eat it though. Where DID you get the starter? I'd love to add baking sourdough bread to my baking skills.

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  5. Umm... nevermind. Just saw your response about where you got it. lol

    Thanks!

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  6. Jen & Leslie...I bought it from King Arthur Flour. It was on my wish list for so long and I'm so happy I finally bought it! :)

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  7. I remember making this years ago - it was called "friendship bread" and you passed portions on to friends for them to "feed" and then pass on to THEIR friends, and so on. I think I still have the recipe. But not sure it was sourdough. Your breads etc. look great.
    Voted for you again in the contest!

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  8. Bridget...Bridget...Bridget!
    Why do you do this to me!!!!!
    I thought you only made COOKIES!!!
    I HAD NO IDEA YOU COULD BAKE BREAD TO PERFECTION TOO!!!
    Is there just no limit!!!
    Please tell me something you can't do!!!!
    So where did you get all the recipes for the gorgeous loaves of bread...do they come with the starter?
    How long have you been baking bread...I don't think I could ever make bread at home like this!
    You dazzle me girlfriend!!!
    I mean...let's change the name of this blog...right now...to
    DAZZLE @ 350!!!
    xxooxx

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  9. Beautiful loaves! There's nothing like the smell of fresh bread filling your house up!

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  10. So...it just waits until you're ready to bake the bread? What an idea!

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  11. All you bread looks delicious!
    I am going to have to
    give it a try :)

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  12. OMG! What beautiful looking bread! I like to make bread but I've never taken the plunge to sourdough. I think I need to :)

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  13. Wow! All of your sourdough bread versions look amazing! I love sourdough bread. Maybe I need to get a starter too!

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  14. Your loafs and bread bowls look so yummy. I've yet to make sourdough myself, I think I'll give it a try soon!

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  15. This is great! I love bread, but like you I don't make it often. I am going to get that starter :)

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  16. Hello- Did you just use the sourdough bread recipe that you listed for the sourdough bread bowls?

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  17. YUM!!!!! I'm SOOO going to try this!! I can just smell that bread baking now!

    Thanks Bridget!!

    ~TidyMom

    oh, and I agree with Teresa...Dazzle @350 should be your new name! LOL

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  18. I love some homemade bread! It all looks so delicious.

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  19. These all look so good~I have been on a LOW CARB diet and NOW I am craving sourdough~ yum I can almost smell it through the screen ;0

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  20. I made my own starter at home a few weeks ago. We love sour dough bread.

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  21. All that bread looks beautiful!

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  22. these all look great!
    I have a funny story about bread this week. Call u later

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  23. Do you buy a new starter every time you want to make bread or does it multiply? I've heard of people freezing it for when they need it next? What do you do?

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  24. I've always wanted to try a Sourdough Starter!

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  25. I totally want to buy one of these now! I just pictured the googly eyes on the starter in the fridge - cute :)

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  26. I made a sourdough starter last year at about this time, and it just keeps getting better. I love the fact that I do not have to go buy yeast each time I make bread, which is weekly. You should link to a homemade starter site for those wishing to save $.

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  27. I made a sourdough starter last year at about this time, and it just keeps getting better. I love the fact that I do not have to go buy yeast each time I make bread, which is weekly. You should link to a homemade starter site for those wishing to save $.

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  28. The Halbert Home...no, you buy it one time and keep "feeding" it. Every time you use a little for bread, you just re-feed and you have more the next time you need it. It's really cool!

    JelliBean...I *tried* making my own starter TWICE and it didn't work for me. For $6.95, I think the KA starter is totally worth it! :)

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  29. My mouth is watering as I sit here reading your post! **yum**!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

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  30. It was so nice meeting you too last week!

    My dad used to make his own sourdough starter and made everything from pancakes to buiscuits to pie crust, cakas and bread.

    I like the "bite" that sourdough goods have! your bread looks beautiful!

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  31. I have been wanting to do the sourdough for quite some time now. Thanks for the inspiration...though I'm sure my hips may never be the same after sourdough enters our life!! But, so worth it!!

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  32. Ohhhh my!! I love sourdough bread ( I buy it from Panera) and this one looks so good. Plus it seems that the possibilities are endles.

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  33. I keep meaning to start a starter!! I should get movin on that project :)
    Sourdough pizza crust YUMMM

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  34. I'm taking notes girl...

    Oh, and we must be telepathic...I made homemade bread a couple of days ago. :-)

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  35. Wow Bridget!! I LOVE making homemade bread too, but often forget myself. This looks like a great option!! You are such a trend setter!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  36. Thank you for this Bridget - I don't make it often either and was looking for a good recipe!

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  37. That's pretty cool but I still think I'd find an excuse, I mean forget to make bread. :)

    I'm digging that cinnamon swirl bread.
    ~ingrid

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  38. This sourdough starter makes amazing blueberry fluffy pancakes. So great for something quick and warm on a winter morning.

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  39. Totally going to order this...debating the cool crock too! :) Homemade bread will be a great option as I try and eat fewer processed foods! I've never made sourdough though - fingers crossed!

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  40. Everything looks so delicious! I live overseas- hope I can find some sourdough starter where I live.

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  41. I love sour dough bread. It looks so yummy! I could almost smell the rising dough.

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  42. You know, in all my bread baking, I've never used sourdough starter. I've always been intrigued by it so I guess I should order some too! :-)

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  43. Wow, all those breads look amazing! Thanks For sharing Bridget! I've always wanted to try my hand at breadmaking but was intimidated by working with yeast...I think I'm going to buy the starter kit and see what happens :)

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  44. WOW! Those look so good! Mind shipping me some. :D

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  45. Yum! I love to bake bread, but haven't attempted sourdough yet. I will have to get some sourdough starter! Love everything you have made with yours!

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  46. OMG, I have to make this starter! I've been wanting to make my own bread for some time now:)

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  47. I received my sourdough today and it seems quite daunting. I hope it survives.
    tia

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  48. Bennett Family...don't worry. It's virtually kill-proof! :) And, King Arthur has an 800 # baker's hotline. I called it when I thought I goofed mine up...I hadn't.

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  49. Love making bread but don't make sourdough very often. But BBA is getting there.

    Work From Home

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  50. What gorgeous pictures! I started my own sourdough last fall but have only made whole wheat with it. This makes me wish white flour was healthier! :( I'm posting on sourdough the next 2 weeks; mind if I link to your post for the mouthwatering photos?
    Thanks!
    :) Katie

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  51. Kitchen Stewardship...sure, link away!

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  52. Bridget, I love this. Now that I feel comfortable at making my own bread, I would love to move onto sourdough! Beautiful!!

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  53. You sold me on the starter! I bought it and followed the directions but my starter is REALLY thick - like a really thick bread dough...I assume that somehow I didn't give it enough water? All my research online says it should be the consistency of pancake batter. Any tips?

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  54. Hey Terri...mine is pretty thick & sticky, too. If you follow the instructions that came with it; I'm sure it's fine. King Arthur has a baking hotline, too....you can find the # on their website and a real live baker will answer your questions. Pretty cool. Have fun!

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