Sourdough Bread Starter

Use the sourdough starter for great homemade bread!

I used to make homemade bread all the time, and one of my favorite homemade bread recipes was for sourdough bread. For this, you’ll need sourdough starter. I used to keep a batch of this stuff going all the time! The key ingredient here is the yeast, so you have to keep the little suckers alive by feeding them.

To make the sourdough bread starter:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 2 ½ cups warm water
  • 2 cups plain white flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions: Place ½ cup warm water in a large non-metallic bowl and sprinkle the yeast over it. When the yeast has dissolved, add the rest of the warm water, the flower, and the sugar. Stir until the mixture is smooth. Cover the bowl with cheesecloth and leave it on the counter until the mixture bubbles. Stir the mixture a couple of times every day. Depending on how warm your kitchen is, this could take as little as five days or as many as ten. When the brew bubbles, it’s ready for bread making or for going to its new home – your refrigerator.

Most sourdough bread recipes call for one cup of the starter. Before using your starter in a recipe, allow it to come to room temperature.  Don’t toss out the rest! Feed it and keep it going for future uses.

To keep the sourdough starter alive and well, add ¾ cup of flour, ¾ cup water, and 1 tablespoon sugar. It will need to remain at room temp for about a day, until it bubbles again. Return it to the fridge.

If you don’t make any more bread within ten days and thereby provide more sustenance to your new pets, feed them a teaspoon of sugar. Obviously, unless you’re starting a zoo for yeast critters, you’re going to wind up with more starter than you need. Share it with your friends!