The bad news: I forgot to feed my sourdough starter, but I forgot that I forgot, and my dough refused to rise to this or any occasion.
The good news: I baked it anyway and brought it to work. My colleagues were kind enough to overlook the lack of rising.
If you're a sourdough purist you may not approve of the use of commercially produced yeast in this starter, but it makes one fantastic loaf of bread.
And don't forget to feed it.
- 3 T instant mashed potato flakes
- 3 T white sugar
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/4 t. active dry yeast
Every five days (and this is important), feed the starter 3 tablespoons instant potatoes, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup water. If starter is to be used in a recipe, let it sit at room temperature all day. If starter is not being used in a recipe, keep refrigerated and discard 1 cup of starter after each feeding.
The food: Sourdough starter
The verdict: Starters need to eat, too