I love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I buy all my seeds from them for my garden. So when they came out with sour dough starter… I was intrigued.
“This highly effective dehydrated sourdough starter originated in a remote mountain village in Tajikistan. It’s the perfect choice for self-reliant homesteaders and home bakers alike, freeing you from the need for store-bought yeast. We hope you love this starter as much as we do. Each packet holds 1 tablespoon or more of the dehydrated starter. This is plenty to make a rehydrated starter that can be used and lasts for years if kept fed. (Some starters are reported to be over 500 years old.) Along with the starter are instructions on how to use and care for it.”
So naturally when I went to order, it was sold out. However, I checked back a couple days later and it was in stock. $10.95 with free shipping and a couple days later, I started on my sour dough journey.
I followed the instructions included in the pack. I was meticulous. To my dismay, when the instructions said it should be ready… it wasn’t. My bread came out hard and a rock and dense as could be.
I did not give up.
I waited another day and like magic, the starter doubled after it’s next feeding. I followed a different recipe this time. Feasting at Home does a very detailed description of her process. I used her measurements, but I used my stand mixer to bring it all together. Look at this beautiful loaf.
My only disappointment is that I didn’t make more because this one went so fast. Tonight I will make another.