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Bread Adventures 
Aug. 14, 2011 11:31 am 
Updated: Aug. 19, 2011 7:31 am
Ok, so I've made bread before...but I've never really ventured far from quick breads or the occassional loaf of regular wheat or white (maybe with some added roasted garlic and herbs).  I've decided it's time for me to face my fears and go for the gusto, so to speak.  I'm trying the 'No Commercial Yeast Sourdough Starter' recipe.  I've never made any type of sourdough before, so this will be a real first for me.  There's no yeast in it, just flour and water that you let ferment for about a week (I used wheat because I've read that makes a better starter).  Supposedly it grows its own yeast, as well as getting the much sought after sourdough flavor for breads.  I just started it today, so I'll keep you updated on how it turns out.  If anyone has any advice or tips, I'd gladly take them!! :)  After I have this figured out, I would love to make some artisan breads on my pizza stone.  But we'll see how this loaf at a time, right? :)
Aug. 15, 2011 6:30 pm
I wish you luck and will be interested in how it goes for you. I've tried many different versions of sourdough starter and have yet to have one be successful. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It is discouraging.
Aug. 19, 2011 7:31 am
According to "Bread Alone" by Daniel Leader and Judith Blahnik, when you make a no commercial yeast sourdough starter, you are trying to catch the wild yeast in the air. Some places are harder than others to do that: urban areas or other places with air pollution. Rural areas are easier, and if you grow grapes for jam or jelly in your backyard then picking a fresh bunch (don't try this with store bought) of grapes and keeping them close to your starter can help. Wild yeast tends to grow on grapes. Obviously if your grapes have been sprayed with pesticides then you wouldn't want to use those. Good luck!
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I'm a mom of 2 boys (yes they keep me VERY busy), a student working on my bachelor's degree online, and a very avid cook.
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