For as long as I can remember, my wonderful mommy has been baking her own bread. She got some bread starter from a friend and has kept it going for years. I've always loved it hot from the oven with a thick slice of cheddar cheese!
It was kind of a big deal for me when Mom gave me some starter for my very own! It was this moment- not graduating from college, not starting my first real job, not moving to NYC on my own- that made me feel like a grown-up! That was in 2006, and I've been baking our bread almost every week ever since. I thought I'd share the process with you, and since it's a two-day deal, you get a two-day post!
The starter lives in a glass jar in the refrigerator. It looks like this when it's ready to be fed.
The starter "eats" a mixture of sugar, potato flakes, and water. I mix those three in a measuring cup and then add it to the jar. The mixture starts to foam and little and you can hear it fizzling if you put your eat near the mouth of the jar! So cool!
The ingredients are very simple: equal parts white and whole wheat flour, vegetable oil, salt, water, and starter. Sometimes I add a palmful of dried herbs, which is a lovely addition.
This is what it looks like after it's mixed.
The bowl gets covered with plastic wrap and it goes to sleep! Tune in tomorrow to find out what happens next!
The suspense is killing me!