Thursday, September 2, 2010
* The Great Bread Experiment...Fail! And.. Gone for a few days...
The sourdough starter was good up to day 5, Both starters No 2 and 3... Day 5 I added water and flour per the directions.. and then on the 6th day, they were ready to use, However Starter No. 3 (the Rye Starter) smelled really weird, It wasn't bubbling or looking "alive". So, I was left with one Starter, No. 2. I added a big helping of flour and water, let it sit over night (creating a sponge), then the next day add another big helping, remove 2 cups of it (place it in an airtight container and keep refrigerated-this would be your starter for the next sponge and batch of bread), with the remaining "sponge/starter" you add flour, rye flour, water.. ext, knead it.. let it sit.. and sit, and sit... It was suppose to raise. It didn't. It was a super (SUPER) sticky mess!! I don't know what the heck I did, but that wasn't bread dough.. that was the blob or something from outer space!! It would attach to my skin and not let go!! I was in fear for my life!! OK, so I wasn't in fear of my life, but it was a pain in the "you know what" to get that "dough" ( I use this term loosely) off my hands!!
So now, I have to toss the starter that was left over that is in the fridge, and find a new option. I think I might briefly give up sourdough.. Not give it up as in never make it again, but just temporarily. Start with something easier than making my own starter.. ya know.. some quick breads or something like that..Here is where you guys can help me.. Please, Suggest an Easy, (fairly) Quick, and delicious bread recipe that I can try!! That would be great!! I look forward to reading comments that have multiple Bread Baking Options when I come back from Vacation!!
Yep!! I am going on a mini vacation!! The fellow and I are heading down to LBI to stay for a few days. His sister and her family rented a shore house for the week and we are going to go visit! I will be leaving work a little early tomorrow and heading down the shore, I think we are staying in Surf City.. Keep your fingers crossed the Earl doesn't hit land!!
As of now, the hurricane will be out at see, when it passes Jersey it will only be a Tropical Storm...
I hope everybody has a safe and happy Labor day weekend!!! And again, I am looking forward to checking out lots and lots of bread recipe's!!!