Sucess with sourdough!
This thread has inspired me to start up a sourdough starter. I started catching yeastabout a week and a half ago. it was pretty slow going: it isn't very warm here yet, and those yeasties were not taking to the flour very quickly. I started with a cup of fresh ground wheat flour and water. I stirred it up for three days, but though it smelled a little sour it wasn't bubbling.
I decided to add 1/2 cup of flour every day. I added rye, hard red wheat, and hard white wheat. I fu=igured maybe the different flous might have different yeasts in them naturally. I kept leaving it outdoors by day, and put it in a heated room at night. A couple days later I had a wonderful smelling, bubbly starter!
I started with a loaf of whole wheat bread. i did a 24 hour rise for it. Unfortunatly I didn't oil-and-flour the pan, so the loaf stuck horribly and I had to take it out in chunks.
But it did rise, and it tasted wonderful; wonderfully tangy and moist.
I then tried making sourdough cornbread muffins, without baking soda or powder. These turned out horribly. They were quite dense, and so sour that I couldn't bear to eat them, even with honey. I'm going to try these agin, but I will add baking soda at the end, which should help the rise a bit and will neutralize a bit of the sourness.
And this morning I made sourdough pancakes. these turned out superb! I let the batter set out all night, and added 1/2 tsp baking soda right before cooking in the morning. they were awesome: tangy but not too sour, chewy and light at the same time. Denali loved them with jam on top.
I can't wait to try more bread and other goodies!