There are many ways you can get creative, why not try this out?
On request of some of my friends, I have made a sourdough bread tutorial for a basic, 2 loaf artisan sourdough bread. You can get even more creative with it and customise it with seeds, olives, dried tomatoes, or whatever you fancy. There are also many ways to score it to make patterns on it.
I also have some tips and more information to go along with the video.
Some tips for the starter:
It is recommended to feed the starter at least every second week to make sure it is at full strength. If you miss feeding your starter for more than four weeks, feed it twice with a week in between before using it again, to ensure the full strength and the perfect rise and flavour of your artisan sourdough bread. Once after going away for four days, finding the fridge door wide open, my sourdough starter had a thick layer of mold over it. I thought it was lost. But I didn’t give up on it. It took refreshing it four times before it was restored to its former glory. To do this you have to scrape all the mold of and chuck it out, then only use the lower layer of the starter.
It takes around 10-12 hours for the sourdough to raise to the top of the glass jar. How long it takes depends on the temperature of the room it is in.
You will have leftover starter every time you refresh it. You can use the leftovers to create sourdough pancake batter. Make the recipe up or contact me for further instructions.
The starter I have is very special to me, it was started by my late husband 10 years ago, he was a very keen artisan bread home baker. I refresh and bake every 2 weeks and we all love it.
The bread becomes more personal if you create you own starter. However, successfully creating a starter will take some patience. If you know someone that has a starter, they can share some with you, or you can order it from me here.
If you would like to give it a go and are missing some equipment, I researched the right dimensions you will need for this process and found them on amazon. If you buy anything from these links, it will help me too:
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I would love to see pictures of your own bread, you can send them to me on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JuttaRobinsonArtist/