Sourdough Bread & Starter

1 cup sourdough starter (see recipe below)
½ cup lukewarm water
2 tbsp maple syrup (grade B)
3 Tbsp soft Earth Balance Butter
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 tsp sea salt

• In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup starter, water. Maple syrup and butter. Beat well with a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.
• Add 1 cup whole wheat flour. Mix well. Then gradually add remaining flour until a soft but firm ball is formed. Turned out onto a floured board and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth.
• Turn into a warm greased bowl. Cover and set aside in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
• Punch down with a wooden spoon, cover and let rise again until doubled in bulk.
• Turn out onto a floured board and knead for 5 minutes. Shape into a ball. Place in a well-greased and lightly floured ovenproof 1½ quart round bowl, or if desired, shape into a loaf and bake in a well greased 9-inch loaf pan.
• Cover and set aside in a warm place until doubled in bulk.
• Make a crisscross on top of round loaf.
• Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until done. Tap loaf; when it sounds hollow it is done.
• Cook on wire rack.

Sourdough Starter
2 tsp instant yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1/3 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp maple syrup (grade B)
1 cup unbleached white flour or white wheat flour

• Sprinkle dry yeast over 1/3 cup lukewarm water. Add maple syrup and stir.

• Cover and let stand for 5 minutes until the mixture begins to foam. Add 1 cup lukewarm water, and flour. Beat well with a whisk or beater until well blended.

• Pour into a large wide-mouthed jar. Cover lightly with lid and let stand in a warm place for 2 to 3 days until the starter is a bubbly foaming mass.

• After a day or two the liquid will rise to the top, mix gently with wooden spoon to blend. Use 1 cup of the starter at a time for your sourdough bread recipe.

• After using 1 cup replace with ½ cup flour, ½ cup water and let sit at room temperature for a few hours and then place back in refrigerator with lid on. You can pour off the liquid if it has been sitting in the refrigerator for days without use.

• When ready to use again, add ½ cup flour, ½ cup water, and stir with wooden spoon.  Let sit to warm up and get bubbly. Use 1 cup for recipe and replace with ½ cup flour and ½ cup water. Let sit at room temperature for a few hours and then place back in refrigerator with lid on.

• Repeat this process and you will continually have a sourdough starter ready to use.

• If the sourdough starter ever stops creating bubbles, begin with step 1 in a new jar and repeat process.. Enjoy!!

Adapted from: The Complete Bread Cookbook by Kaufman


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