Video: How to Make the Sponge for Homemade Bread -

Video: How to Make the Sponge for Homemade Bread

Your sourdough starter is ready. Now it’s time to make the sponge.

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Time to make the sponge! In this six-part series called “Follow the Sourdough,” Chef John shows you how to make sourdough bread, from beginning to end. Last time, you observed the tiny bubbles that told you your sourdough starter was alive and well, and almost ready for breadmaking duty. Today, you’re ready to roll! It’s time to use your sourdough starter to make the sponge. The key here is to use warm but not hot water. Hot water could wipe out the yeast you’ve been so carefully nurturing for the last few days. The timing here is key. See how it’s done. Want to see the previous episode? Check out How to Tell if Your Sourdough Starter Is Alive & Well. Ready for what’s next? Move on to How to Knead Your Sourdough Bread. Or start at the very beginning with How to Make San Francisco Sourdough Starter.

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Jun. 14, 2014 11:41 am
I don't throw away the starter, I use it to make waffles. They are GREAT! I use the starter to dilute it a bit,(too sour is weird), add your egg, baking powder,sugar, etc. The starter yeast with the baking powder make them really fluffy and crisp.
Jun. 14, 2014 11:39 am
I found it quite helpful, even though I've been baking for years. Thanks! I also bake mine in a crock, sometimes, gives it a nicer crust. Great vids.
Renee B 
Apr. 30, 2014 7:26 pm
This is confusing! LOL
Apr. 8, 2014 3:26 pm
I am having trouble with this recipe- throwing out half? No. Not when a good bread flour is $1.00 a pound + , not in my kitchen. Starters just need flour and water, basically. I won't be following a recipe that is this wasteful, though he did make a great loaf of bread. A very expensive loaf of bread.
Mar. 26, 2014 9:34 am
Day 3 is the same as Day 2 - you just keep discarding half and feeding it. The video for day 6 is missing.
Mar. 24, 2014 5:53 am
Same thing as Susan for me. It skips Day 3. He also says to read the "posts". I looked everywhere and can't find the "posts".
Feb. 21, 2014 10:01 am
I can get the videos but it skips from making the sponge to kneading the recipe in between.
Jan. 9, 2014 12:31 pm
Yep, I'm on an Android tablet, will not run video. Would it be too much trouble to just put these instructions out in print? The old fashioned way.
Janice Meiburger 
Nov. 22, 2013 12:24 pm
Ok, does anyone else have problems getting these videos to work?
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