Friday, January 13, 2006

The weekend baking project

Ok. In the spirit of discovery and exploration and whatever... I am making my first loaf of sourdough bread. I won't know for quite a number of hours (sometime well into tomorrow) whether I have a baking triumph or a miserable doughy failure. It doesn't look like this will be substantially more work than a regular non-sourdough bread, but the wild yeast takes much longer to make the dough rise than commercial yeast. Right now, my starter is doing its first rise, and that alone should take 6-8 hours.

I know I have an active starter, but this will be the test of whether it's tasty or not. Sourdough is my absolute favorite, and if I can successfully make my own, I will be incredibly happy. Wish me luck.

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