I just signed up today to say a quick "thanks" to all of you who freely exchange ideas, share recipes & techniques, and just generally encourage each other (newb and expert alike) in this sourdough journey.
I have baked bread off and on over the years, and even had a run with sourdough several years ago when the no-knead recipe in the NY Times (and elsewhere, I'm sure) was all the buzz. I'd like to say that my first foray was successful, but admittedly, I didn't explore much, and it didn't last long (the bread was mighty good, though!!)
Well, for some reason I started poking around the Internet looking for some information about making bread, and I ended up here. After spending some time perusing blogs, forum posts, etc., I was charged up to give sourdough bread baking another run. So, I got going with a starter about four days ago, which, as of this afternoon, looked like this:
I'm going to bake my first loaf tomorrow, using a simple recipe for no-knead sourdough that uses my starter instead of commercial yeast. The ingredients (3 cups bread flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1.5 tsp salt, 1 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup starter) are mixed up and settled in for a long rest/autolyse/proof. Will get going with it again tomorrow, and hopefully post a picture of some beautiful bread.
Thanks for providing me with some inspiration to dive back in head first!!