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Sourdough English...

Sourdough English Muffins

…it going. Your goal is a happily bubbling starter (bottom right). Combine the following ingredients in a large bowl: 2 tablespoons sugar 2 cups warm water (110°F-115°F) 1 tablespoon active dry yeast or instant yeast 1 cup sourdough starter, fed or unfed; fed will give you a more vigorous rise 7 cups…

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Soft, scrumptious,...

Soft, scrumptious, and sourdough: pretzels from your "discard" starter.

…right, throwing away this starter you've been feeding, and coddling, and nursing into maturity with regular meals and draft-free, comfortably warm counter-time. Why is it, anyway, that feeding sourdough requires you to discard a cup of perfectly good (albeit unfed) starter as part of the process? Well…

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Maintaining your...

Maintaining your sourdough starter: food, water, and time

…yeast. Remove all but 4 ounces starter. Use this “discard” to make pancakes, waffles, cake, pizza, flatbread, or another treat; Buttery Sourdough Buns is one of my favorite "unfed" sourdough recipes. Or, simply give to a friend so they can create their own starter. Add 4 ounces lukewarm water and…

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Ultimate Sourdough...

Ultimate Sourdough Baguettes: NOT for the birds.

…baguettes. Ultimate Sourdough Baguettes. Let's do it. Start with a batch of sourdough starter. It should be cream-colored, about as thick as very thick pancake batter, and, if you've fed it, nice and bubbly. Why would you use UNFED sourdough starter? If you feed your sourdough before using, the loaves…

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Save that sourdough!...

Save that sourdough! Turning unfed starter into yummy pizza crust.

…ANYTHING away – go ahead and use it. To make delicious waffles or pancakes. Or to make this chewy/crusty Sourdough Pizza Crust. Combine the following in a mixing bowl: 1 cup sourdough starter, unfed (straight from the fridge) 1/2 cup hot tap water 2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1 teaspoon…

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Buttery Sourdough...

Buttery Sourdough Buns: a new take on sourdough

sourdough dinner roll? Easy, I thought. Oh, how wrong I was! I went through version after version of these buns in search of the perfect balance in both flavor (not TOO sour, but noticeably tangy), and texture (soft, not chewy, but with some body). My first experiments included too much sourdough starter;…

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Save that sourdough!...

Save that sourdough! Cinnamon-Apple Flatbread

sourdough doesn't have much leavening ability. It's the feeding that gets the yeast going. Use unfed starter in a yeast bread recipe strictly for flavor (and to use up the starter); not for its leavening power. OK, are we straight here? You don't HAVE to throw away that cup of starter prior to feeding

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Fougasse: less ...

Fougasse: less (middle) is more (crust).

starter has softened and developed bubbles. Now, if you don't want to wait for an overnight starter, you can substitute 1 cup of sourdough starter – either fed starter, or unfed (right from the fridge). This is a great use for that cup of starter you'd otherwise discard, prior to feeding your sourdough.…

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