It’s been 5 days since I made My First Sourdough Starter (see here). This morning my container of starter was puffy, bubbly and had a pleasant sour aroma – that means it’s time to bake some bread!
Here is what the starter looked like on Day 1:
To recap what I did during the past five days…
- I made the starter (recipe here)
- Each morning, I stirred it down (quite vigorously)
- Any crust that developed was stirred back into the starter
Here is what the starter looked like on Day 5 (it’s hard to tell from the picture, but it’s very puffy and bubbly):
Today, after I stirred the starter – I placed 2 cups of it in a large bowl (the consistency is similar to thick pancake batter) and added:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white bread flour
Mix ingredients until a sticky dough forms. Cover the bowl with oiled plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12 – 14 hours, letting it rise until doubled.
Tomorrow I will shape and bake the bread….stay tuned! I’m so excited!