Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Sourdough adventure, Part Deux, Part I

OK, so I started some more starter. I want to make sourdough bread this weekend, for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t like to be defeated! It really flopped last time and I want to learn how to do it right. Another is that I’d really like to get really good at breads, and sourdough really sounds fun.

This time, I’m going to try to leave enough time available for the dough to rise. Last time, the first rising took 5-6 hours, and by that time, I sure wasn’t gonna spend another 5-6 hours proofing it. This time, I’m going to take that into account. I’ll make the start this week, once again, according to these instructions… I’ll make the “sponge” overnight on Saturday night. Then, first thing on Sunday morning, at 6:30 or 7:00 or so, I’ll get up and make the dough. Hopefully, by about noon, it will be risen enough to form the loaf. Then, by the time I get home from church at about 5:00 and get the coals ready to bake, it should be ready for the heat!

Anyways, that’s the theory.

Starter is really messy, ya know?

Oh! And I forgot to mention. Last week, I got to go to a meeting of the Storm Mountain chapter of the IDOS. What a blast. I was a little hesitant at first, since there were all these people I didn't know, including a world champion cooker. But they were all a very friendly bunch. A couple of them recognized my name from here at the Black Pot! That was sure fun. A special thanks to Ranes who made me feel about 10 feet tall!


  1. Mark! I'm excited to hear how the Bread turns out? It was good to put a face with the Blog. I'm sure we will see you around.

  2. Yeah, it was great to meet all of you as well!




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