One of my 2011 resolutions is to start making more of our family’s grocery staples from scratch — granola, yogurt, pancake mix, etc… and of course bread. I have an awesome Zojirushi breadmaker, but I’m guilty of not using it nearly enough. That’s all about to change, and I’m starting with sourdough bread.
Since sourdough starter takes around five days to finish fermenting, I decided to get a head start and whip up my first batch this afternoon — and I certainly learned a thing or two in the process. Namely that sourdough starter rises.
Yes, in hindsight I suppose that should have been a given… But when the recipe instructed me to pour the starter into a quart-size container, I did, even though there wasn’t much excess room.
Doesn’t it look pretty in the mason jar? I covered it with cheesecloth and went about my business. Twenty minutes later I walked back into the kitchen and was horrified to see that my starter had risen through the cheesecloth and was spilling over onto the counter.
Really it was pretty comical, and I wish I’d thought to snap a picture, but I immediately went into cleanup mode. At least you won’t make the same mistake!
Once you get your sourdough starter going, check out the recipe for my bread machine sourdough loaf — simple and delicious!