Saturday, April 2, 2011

Sourdough Bread

Have you ever made sourdough bread?  When we bought my stand mixer from a young couple off of Craig's List, she gave me some of her "sourdough starter".  She said she had been "feeding" it for a whole year and I was pretty impressed.  I took it home and fed it just like she instructed me and have made some tasty things with it, including sourdough pancakes - YUM! 

Anyway, I was doing a search on sourdough recipes one day and came across a blog that mentioned Friends of Carl free sourdough starter.  I decided to look it up and I was floored.  The story is fabulous.  Carl Griffith's starter came from the Oregon Trail in 1847 and it is still being produced and shared freely today.

If you are interested, you can follow the link above and find out how to get your own with just a stamped self-addressed envelope.  Mine took about 4 weeks to get here from the time I mailed my request.

They send you a snack sized ziploc bag with dried starter in it.  You can print off instructions from the website on how to reconstitute it.  It works!  Today I made sourdough pancakes using some of it. I am not a big fan of regular pancakes because I don't like the gritty feeling they leave in my mouth, and I always feel crummy after eating them.  I think they swell up or something.  Anyway, sourdough pancakes are different.  They are awesome.  Really.

Next I'm going to try sourdough bread.   I'll try to remember to take pictures :)

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