Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sourdough Starter: Baking Through the Bread Baker's Apprentice

Before I get into the sourdough breads in The Bread Baker's Apprentice I want to sing the praises of Reinhart's method for sourdough starter. The starter is absolutely essential, of course, but is also the most daunting aspect of making sourdough bread. The great thing about this starter is that you can abuse and neglect it and it still keeps kicking. Because the starter lives in the fridge it does not need daily refreshments and actually can be left for a few weeks (as I did when I went on holiday). Really it's the most hassle-free sourdough starter ever. My starter is now over a year old (I originally blogged about it here) and is still happy and bubbly and making great bread.


Karyn said...

Ok, I am inspired by you to make some more starter.

Mine died of neglect when I was taking care of a very sick was way more than a few weeks by the time I remembered it.

I could use the stress relief of baking bread again. Thanks for another great post.

MelissaS said...

I've been following your blog and, as the parent of an egg and dairy allergic child, especially appreciate the Vegan notes to the BBA. I just bought a copy and can't wait to dive in! I make lots of bread, but I'm hoping this book perfects my baking! Thanks :)

thehungrythumb said...

Hi, I've been following your blog for a long time, but thought I'd say hello because we've started working through the Bread Baker's Apprentice too (vegan style) and I finally blogged about it. Thanks for providing the vegan tips for so many loaves!