Today was my day to deal with my sourdough starter. It had been sitting in the refrigerator for what feels like 6 months being ignored. I stored it in a gallon mason jar, and needed the room, so three days ago I took it out. I poured it all into a bowl, added 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour. I mixed it well, let it sit, and it was still alive! I’m telling you, I love this starter!
After my starter resurrected, I began my search for recipes. I have made bread and pancakes but knew there had to be more out there for me to do with sourdough starter. In addition to these first two recipes, I made two loaves of bread, except one I kneaded 2 teaspoons of minced garlic into the dough just before the final rise.
The best website I have found for anything sourdough is King Arthur Flour. They have the largest variety of recipes (with commercial yeast and without).
Well, this is what I came up with:
The big hit of the day was this Cherry Sourdough Coffee Cake from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cook Book”:
Next is the Sourdough Chocolate Cake. Now, I will share a recipe with you but it’s not the one I cooked. The one I cooked was not chocolate-y enough. So I searched and found this one. I won’t make it tonight…have to find someone who will eat the first one (I might have my husband take it to work…they eat anything! LOL!):
Sweet Sorrow Sourdough Chocolate Cake
1 2/3 cup sugar
1 cup sourdough starter
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup sweet ground chocolate or cocoa
½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
¾ cup water
1 tsp. vanilla Cream shortening and sugar; beat in eggs one at a time. Blend in the starter. Sift flour, measure, and sift again with other dry ingredients. Add to shortening mixture alternating with water and vanilla. Mix at low speed. Bake 350 degrees (for two 9” layers, bake 35 minutes; for one 9” square, bake 60 minutes)
Now, for the recipes I will try. Looking around online I found some wonderful recipes. These are the ones I am dying to try, once I am finished with my baking frenzy today.
This one I will make once I have a supply of homemade candied fruits and peels:
This page has so many recipes, I’m not sure you want me to list them all (but I will):
SOURDOUGH RECIPES from Richard Packham:
EVERYDAY SOURDOUGH BREAD (for five loaves)
SOURDOUGH FRENCH BREAD
SOURDOUGH CINNAMON ROLLS
SOURDOUGH DEEP-FRY BATTER
SOURDOUGH BELGIAN WAFFLES
MIKE’S QUICK BLENDER WAFFLES
SOURDOUGH CARROT CAKE
SOURDOUGH GINGERBREAD CAKE
SOURDOUGH CROISSANTS (makes one dozen)
SOURDOUGH PUMPERNICKEL BREAD
SOURDOUGH PASTRY (PIE CRUST)