Baking Bread With Caroline

So this is how you make sourdough!

When I was a kid, I read about a girl in colonial times whose family had kept a crock of sourdough going from generation to generation. I’ve been fascinated with the idea of making bread with sourdough starter ever since.

Our great-great-grandmothers used sourdough starter to make bread rise in the days before commercial quick-rise yeasts were available. The starter nurtures naturally-occurring yeasts and bacteria.  This is the type of bread mentioned in Meet Caroline.

Meet Caroline:  An American GirlWant to give it a try? It’s a fun inter-generational project. Working with sourdough requires patience and practice, but the basic process is quite simple.

There are probably as many recipes for bread baked from homemade sourdough starter as there are bakers.  I’m sharing the process that has, after a fair amount of experimentation, worked for me.

Baking without commercial yeast means that the process takes a while. I make starter on a Saturday, tend it…

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2 thoughts on “Baking Bread With Caroline

  1. I like it because I like everything coming from your site, Amanda – you’re so full of energy and enthusiasm! 🙂
    But sourdough ? Nup. Sourdough hit Sydney some years back, since which time it’s become nigh impossibly to get ordinary bread from a baking establishment. And it actually leaves a sour taste in my mouth.
    What I’d kill for is to be able to bake genuine Italian bread. [swoon]


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