Sourdough Bread Starter: Sourdough Series P. I

I’m making sourdough bread and thought we could make it together. This is the first day I’m making the starter and I will update this post everyday untill it’s ready to make into a delicious sourdough loaf.

You will need:

  • 50% wholewheat and 50% all purpose flour or Rye or plain all purpose flour.
  • Bottled water (to avoid any chlorine being in the water to kill your yeast)
  • A jar (glass or bpa free plastic)
  • Meausring cups and spoons
  • A spatula

Day 1 (16/09/2019)

  1. 1/2 cup Flour
  2. 1/3 cup Bottled water
  3. Mix the Flour and water together completely, scrape down the sides
  4. Loosely place the lid on.

Day 2 (17/09/2019)

Stir the starter to incorporate air into the mixture, as there will be hardly any bubbles, place the lid on and let it sit until the following morning.

Day 3 (18/09/2019) morning

  1. When you see lots of bubbles, it’s now active. Stir the Starter.
  2. Take 3 Tbsp of Starter into a clean jar and discard the rest.
  3. Mix that with:
  4. 1/2 cup Flour
  5. 1/3 cup Bottled water
  6. Make sure to mix well, loosely cover it and you’re done.

Day 3 evening (approx 12 hours later)

  1. Your starter should be risen and bubbly. Don’t discard any starter. Simply add:
  2. 2 Tbsp Flour
  3. 1.5 Tbsp water
  4. Mix well and loosely cover to let it sit over night

Day 4 (19/09/2019) morning

  1. Your starter should be nice and bubbly. Stir it, take 3 Tbsp of the starter and put it in a clean jar, discard the rest! Add:
  2. 1/2 cup Flour
  3. 1/3 cup Water bottled water and stir until smooth, loosely cover.

Day 4 evening (approx 12 hours later)

  1. Your starter should be risen and bubbly again don’t discard any starter. Just add:
  2. 2 Tbsp Flour
  3. 1.5 Tbsp water
  4. Mix well and loosely cover to let it sit over night.

Day 5 (20/09/2019)morning

  1. If there is a liquidy layer thats fine and perfectly normal, mix it all together. Take 3 Tbsp of the starter and put it in a clean jar, discard the rest! Add:
  2. 1/2 cup Flour
  3. 1/3 cup Water bottled water and stir until smooth, loosely cover.

Day 5 evening (approx 12 hours later)

  1. It should have risen again, don’t discard any starter. Just add the regular nightly feeding
  2. 2 Tbsp Flour
  3. 1.5 Tbsp water
  4. Mix well and loosely cover to let it sit over night.

Day 6 (21/09/2019) morning

You might notice the starter rse and fell, this can be seen by a marked faint line on the jar, so it is very active and doing well. Give the usual morning feeding

  1. Take 3 Tbsp of the starter and put it in a clean jar, discard the rest! Add:
  2. 1/2 cup Flour
  3. 1/3 cup Water bottled water and stir until smooth, loosely cover.

Day 6 evening (approx 12 hours later)

You all know the drill now

  1. It should have risen again, don’t discard any starter. Just add the regular nightly feeding.
  2. 2 Tbsp Flour
  3. 1.5 Tbsp water
  4. Mix well and loosely cover to let it sit over night.

Day 7 (22/09/2019) morning

Today the starter should be ready, you’ll notice the starter may have risen and fallen again, so we will give the morning feeding and check in later with a float test to see if we can bake this bread!

  1. Take 3 Tbsp of the starter and put it in a clean jar, discard the rest! Add:
  2. 1/2 cup Flour
  3. 1/3 cup Water bottled water and stir until smooth, loosely cover.

Float Test: Day 7 (4-5 hours later)

Take a small portion of the starter, and have a container of room temp water. drop the starter into the water and you should see it float! Now you can bake your Bread!

If it doesn’t float, don’t worry it may just need an extra day of feeding.

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