Recipe by Sarah Phillips and Kelly Hong; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2011 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
We decided that this website needed a good sourdough starter tutorial. So, here it is! It is the essential element of sourdough bread making. This one is adapted from the technique in Nancy Silverton's La Brea Bakery, but we rewrote it, simplified it, and made it easier to understand for the home baker.
If you do any research on sourdough starters you will find that some people approach it like a science and come at you with a dizzying array of percentages and formulas.
This starter is not like that, yet it works beautifully, and produces fabulous breads with a nice tang.
It takes about 14 days to raise a starter from scratch - nine to grow the starter and five to build strength you need before you bake a loaf of bread. This sourdough starter is easy to maintain once it is established. It needs to be feed flour and water on a regular basis so it stays alive.
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