So, I'm new at this sourdough palava...I've been discouraged a few times. The first was when I bought The bread baker's apprentice book...OMG that thing gave me hives! Does baking need to be THAT complex? Suffice to say I closed the book and turned to my twitter sourdough baking friends for help. I was then turned toward The handmade Loaf...ahhhh I sighed upon open it's covers...it's metric!!! A huge win in my humble opinion. Then I found the Sourdough Companion website and lurked for quite some time...stalking SourDom really...well, not really stalking him as much as stalking his bread making skills with an envy that was beyond green LOL I've had a few starter non-starts...Ewan Mcgregor my starter died a grizzly death...then I thought I saved him only to discover some vile growth around the sides of the jar...Well, he was turfed quicker than if he were the real McCoy with an STD :0
Anyways...my third attemp at Ewan has been very successful. It's an unbleached organic flour/water/malt mix that is fed twice a day.
Another Twitter sourdough friend pointed me toward The Bourke Street Bakery book and what can I say...I've found heaven between a dust jacket. It gave me some bread info...lots of recipes and the BEST pizza dough on the planet. I've been on the hunt for the perfect pizza crust high and low and this book delivers...it cooks perfectly whether I cook it on the pizza stone in my gas oven or in our outdoor woodfire pizza oven! I'm a happy pizza addict! But back to sourdough.
Here's my second attempt at sourdough that I turned out today; a battard and boule...a nice chewy crust and a fabulous crumb that doesn't fall apart but keeps it together under the pressure of a hungry mouth (mine LOL) and the flavour has a very pleasant sourness that makes you want to have 'just one more slice'...
This kind of success CAN'T be good for my waistline....i can tell, it's gunna be all down hill from here LOL