Sour Dough, YAY!

Yes, after over a week of tending my sour dough starter, nervously checking it each morning hoping that what looked like sticky, bubbly gloop would actually transform itself, with a bit of assistance from me, into wonderful sour dough bread.  Carefully discarding and then feeding it each morning for about 9 days, I finally decided on Friday that it was time for the real thing.

I had been using the River Cottage recipe, so at this point I turned back to the instructions and then realised I still had the sponge to make which, according to this method, takes another day.  So no bread on Friday, instead just adding lots more flour and some water, stirring it well and then setting it aside for the day.  Saturday was officially sour dough day!  The dough was made and kneaded in the morning, left to rise for the rest of the day, then knocked back and proved for another little while that evening.  The actually baking didn’t take place til quite late at night and I did have issues with my oven (not only can I not get the temperature right, now if I use the fan I short circuit the whole house and have to venture outside to the switch board!), but we got there.

Here it is and half of it cut up for a delicious and healthy family lunch each outside with fingers.   The bread must be alright, Mr Good’s been sneaking more slices all evening.

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And as I’d made a second sponge on Saturday, I made my second sour dough loaf (an even better one) this afternoon.  Enough for breakfast and lunches for tomorrow at least.

The rest of the starter has gone into the fridge for a little sleep for a few days.  I think I’ll do a couple more loaves at the end of the week or on the weekend, but until then I’ll be using the convenience of the bread maker or Aussie Farmers.  I’m not yet ready to take on making all our bread (and it’s a lot) by hand, it’s just too time consuming, but I did enjoy doing it.

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10 Responses to Sour Dough, YAY!

  1. renlikesred says:

    Ooh it looks delicious!! Well done 🙂

  2. Glenn Finlay says:

    WELL DONE!! It looks great. We call our starter/mother “Stinky Pete” as this is a common name for it in Scotland. It is time consuming but worth it hey. I think once you get in the rhythm of it it’s a bit like life it takes a bit of effort to get that little bit more out it.
    Hope you are enjoying spring. We have potatoes up. Broad beans to harvest soon. Peas being harvested and leeks garlic and onions thriving. I think a possum has eaten the quite large broccoli plants which is most annoying. Time to start planning for tomatoes to go out in the garden soon.
    As usual I love you’re positive outlook on life!

    • Barbara Good says:

      Thanks Glenn, and yes I like your theory of putting in to get a bit more out… of sourdough or life! Your garden has me all envious, I’m sadly yet to really start mine. We’re STILL waiting for the electricity to be put on in the garage and as they need to dig a trench the whole way through my garden with a bobcat there seems little point in starting just yet, but I’m positively itching to get out there. I think I’ll have to start out the front instead.

  3. Looks good! I haven’t tried sourdough yet – but yours looks beautiful.

  4. Choclette says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, comments are always so much appreciated. Your sourdough looks fantastic and hard to believe it’s a first attempt. I’ve been making rye sourdough for about 4 years now and there is no looking back.

    • Barbara Good says:

      Thanks, but you should probably know that I photographed it specifically from that angle because the other side was a little….. dark (we won’t say burnt will we). The second on was better but a kind of odd shape. Rye sourdough sounds great, when I’m more experienced I thought I move into other grains. I’m keen to try spelt flour as it’s supposed to be good for gluten intolerance, but as it is even this sourdough is easier to digest for me than regular bread.

  5. Mel says:

    Hello! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog. Nice to meet you 🙂 You live in a gorgeous part of the world, I really love Ballarat and country Victoria in general. Your bread is very impressive, something I have not yet done but it’s on my list! Mel x

    • Barbara Good says:

      Thanks Mel, we’re actually new to Ballarat having just moved from Melbourne. so I’m still very much exploring my new surrounds. I did grow up in country Victoria, further west than here in the heart of the wheat belt.

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