So I decided to start baking a sourdough - this is all due to the radio 4 programme - it was quite good and inspiring (link will only work in the UK). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012wcl6
I bake my own bread a lot - but have only ever used yeast and in a bread maker (only on the dough setting as I don't really like the baking). The bread maker is good because you are always guarenteed that the dough will rise (weather is always a bit variable).
My mother is german so used to make her own sauerteig brot. But I don't know where to start. I have made my own starter - basically by adding some flour and water and leaving it on the side. I am ok with feeding it but I do have a few questions:
1. I am going on holiday - what can I do with the starter (do I ask a friend to babysit it?)
2. Why do most of the recipies not include sugar? (as with using conventional yeast).
3. Can anyone recommend a good first recipie - I seem to be going blind with the huge amount of recipies available. I would prefer an easy, white recipie - my other half doesn't like brown breads.
Thanks for the help you can offer.