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Sourdough starter ….

Finally, after months of deliberating, I have started on the starter 4 days ago and it is happily bubbling away in a Kilner jar on the kitchen counter by the window where, hopefully, it will get some warm form the autumn sun. WTF is a Kilner jar? It is a glass jar with metal clip and rubber seal but not sure why it is called Kilner. May be it was invented by a Kilner.

The initial process was very straight forward, almost a no brainer. I am using the starter recipe by Dan Lepard from The Handmade Loaf but I have left out the yoghurt and raisins. I figure out we are in Australia where there is plenty of micro-organism floating about in the atmosphere and I don’t need the extra lift form dried grapes and fermented milk product.

It appears to be working well. The starter  is “bubbling” away, meaning fermentation is taking place and a waif of of acidic aroma assaults my nostrils every time I open the jar to check on the concoction. Well not much of a concoction, it is just warm water and flour, and more warm water and more flour for about 5 to 6 days. This process is referred to as “feeding.” I guess it is feeding the micro-organism with materials to fuel the fermentation process.

So far, it has been fun but the proof will be in the baking, which I am hopeful will occur this weekend.

In the words of Australia’s Sourdough Queen Yoke Mardewi, “May your sourdough bread always rise!” So watch this space. I might even put up some photos next week.

Day 4 of the starter ..... looking good.


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2 thoughts on “Sourdough starter ….

  1. looks great Zainil…..does Yuki have a starter recipe in her book???

    Posted by julie | May 5, 2010, 12:10 pm
    • Hi Julie, she does but not as specific as Dan’s. They both have different approaches. Yoke specialises more in sourdough while Dan is an artisan of bread making. Both are equally passionate about bread making. Thanks for signing up.

      Posted by platelicking | May 5, 2010, 4:22 pm

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