My name is Claude I am 23 and from South Africa,
Recently I came across an article about how to make a Sourdough Bread starter,
Although I seem to be having a hard time to make sense of the steps,
As far as I know is to start do this:
A clean Glass or Plastic bowl,
1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water, Stirr it well, cover and store someplace warm.
Feed it once a day, 1/3 Cup of water and 1/3 Cup of flour ?
So every day check the surface to see if the yeast has moved in, It will be foamy / bubbly and have a sour smell,
Although, the directions is hard for me to follow online since we work the kitchen using Grams, and millilitres and litres, and such.
The first guide I read told me to put the mixture away for 5 days.
I did that, when I took it out, It was very foamy, at this point I went back to the guide, Which was not very specific on what to do, So I added more water and flour and put it away for 2 more days, But the yeasty things were not as strong anymore..
I am trying to look for guides but they are not SPECIFIC. and it confuses me, Cause I don't know who to ask something to be sure if I am doing it right or wrong!
I mean I don't even know how to bake the bread with it! I tried, and it raised only like 1/4 of its size! I have no idea how long my bread should raise for!
My oven is stupid it can only bake top or bottom as well.
Should I restart? And does someone have proper instructions for me please?
This is my first time doing something like this,
What do I do, Once the yeast has moved in?
How much do I keep for next time? and how much do I keep to bake a bread?
and what do I do with the half I keep to bake a bread?
I know that once its ready, The half you keep, you feed it once a week, 1cup water and flour.
Well, I would appreciate it so much for any help!
PS - I am using normal Cake Flour, This is bad?