If you are lucky you have a friend that can share some of their sourdough starter with you. You can also purchase one from King Arthur, which I have done in the past. I used to make the most amazing sourdough biscuits with the starter. Recently my daughter made her own sourdough starter and then shared some with me. Making a sourdough starter was much easier than I thought.
Making your own sourdough starter is a week long process and you have to throw away a little of the starter each day. However by day seven you will be able to use the discard to make your own sourdough bread, biscuits or whatever you like!
Combine 50g flour and 50g water in a clean bowl and stir together until fully combined. Cover and leave at room temperature overnight.
To the sourdough starter add 50g of water and 50g of flour. Stir together until fully combined and then cover and leave at room temperature overnight.
Throw away 100g of the starter. To the remaining starter add 100g of flour and 100g of water. Mix together until fully combined, cover and leave overnight.
Throw away 150g of the starter. To the remaining starter, add 100g of the starter and 100g of the water, Mix together until combined. Cover and leave overnight. The starter and should have a pleasantly sour smell with small bubbles starting to appear on the surface.
Throw away 200g of the starter. To the remaining starter add 150g of flour and 150g of water. Mix well, cover and leave overnight.
Throw away 250g of the starter, to the remaining mix add 200g of flour and 200g of water. The starter should be quite active and full of little bubbles and smell slightly sour.
Cover and leave overnight.
The starter should now be quite active, full of bubbles and ready to use. Remove the amount of starter you need for your recipe. Weigh the remaining starter and ad the same weight of flour and the same weight of water to the starter. For example if you have 200g of starter, add 200g of flour and 200g of water to the mix. When working with a starter it is always best to have a smaller amount of starter left behind. I think it stays healthier. Share some with a friend or neighbor and have fun experimenting with the various sourdough recipes.
If you keep your starter at room temperature you will need to refresh it each day. However you can also store your starter in the refrigerator for up to ten days.
Take your starter out of the fridge a day before you plan to bake. Refresh your starter as mentioned in day seven. Leave at room temperature overnight and it will be ready to use the next day.
Friday I will share the Cinnamon Raisin Sourdough Bread I’ve been making. It is a great way to use up your starter!