Early settlers brought sourdough starters from Europe and it is said that Christopher Columbus had a crock of sourdough aboard ship when he discovered America.
I have tried many sourdough starters but find this one to be the easiest to get started and makes the best bread.
3 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast or one package
Combine all ingredients in a glass container, stir with wooden spoon. Cover with clean dish cloth or cheese cloth and let sit for 5 days, stirring daily with wooden spoon. Do not refrigerate.
On the morning of the 5th day, feed the starter 3 tablespoons instant potatoes, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 cup warm water. Stir and cover and let stand until evening or at least 6 hours.
Remove one cup of starter and place the rest of the starter in the refrigerator. Make sure there are holes in the top of the container. The starter needs to be able to breathe.
Every 5 days repeat feeding instructions and remove 1 cup and discard or make bread.
Sourdough Bread Recipe
1 cup sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup corn oil (can use vegetable or canola)
6 cups all-purpose flour
Mix sugar, oil, salt, water and starter in a large bowl. Add flour. Turn out onto floured surface and knead several times until forms a ball adding flour if needed. Place the dough into a large, oiled bowl, turn once so that dough will be greased, cover with clean dish towel and let rise overnight.
The next day, punch the dough down, turn out onto floured surface, knead for several minutes, divide in half, place in 2 greased bread pans. Cover and let double in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Turn out to cool.
This bread makes your kitchen smell great while cooking and makes two great loaves of fresh bread for your family.
Note: If you can find a quart sized or smaller glass jar with a plastic top and punch holes in the top, this makes the perfect container for something to keep your starter in the refrigerator. I found one at the Dollar Store. I am posting a picture of my jar. The starter has to have air thus the holes in the top. Anything like this will work.
Check out my recipe for Sourdough Waffles, Sourdough Muffins, Sourdough Biscuits, and Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls. You can make all these recipes with the starter above.
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