Enter a daughter who likes to try things - particularly unusual and healthy things; things that require research and extra effort.
I confess I rolled my eyes when Jasmine got it in her head to try to make her own sourdough starter. It sounded way too complicated and time consuming for me. I made it perfectly clear that this was her project, not mine.
Well, Jasmine being Jasmine, she read and she researched and she tried recipes. There were some flops and some interesting baked goods but she finally got a starter strong enough to make a delicious loaf of bread!
And guess who was hooked? Yeah. The skeptical mother.
If you're looking for sourdough info and recipes, Home Joys is a great place to check out. Her bread recipe is the only one we use and when there's none available for my morning toast, it's me who says "Get your starter out Jasmine!" It's me who makes sure it gets fed and it's me (usually) who mixes and stretches and bakes the bread and me who eats it every morning... along with several others...
My normal breakfast --
Hot drink, yogurt with granola and maybe fruit, and sourdough toast.
Right now really all I'm looking at is the green in that picture though.........
Here is the recipe:
2 C active starter
1 C milk
1/2 C water
1/4 C oil or melted butter
1/4 C honey
2 1/2 C whole wheat flour
3 C white flour
3 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients except salt for 2-3 minutes. Allow dough to rest for about 20 minutes.
Place in oiled bowl and allow to rise 3-4 hours. (Optional: every hour stretch your dough and return to bowl. I've done this the last several times and I think it makes a nicer rise but it may have been coincidence.)
Divide dough into 2 pieces; shape into loaves and place in greased pans. Spray with oil and cover with plastic to keep from drying out. Allow to rise 2-3 hours.
When dough has risen, slash top of the loaf (Optional. I don't usually slash it for fear of making it fall.)
Bake at 400 degrees 25-30 minutes.
Enjoy! My favorite way to eat it is toasted and spread with butter or used for a grilled cheese sandwich -- sprinkle the buttered side with italian seasoning and garlic salt before grilling for the best grilled cheese ever.
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You know my writing motivation is still at a dangerous low when I start posting recipes..... just saying......