Ever tried and failed at something so many times, you just about gave up? That has so far been my experience with baking sourdough bread. I’ve tried maybe 5 times now? And wouldn’t you know it, the fifth time was the charm.
My process consisted of trying this recipe for my starter. It was pretty easy to follow, but if you read the comments, there are things you should be doing that are omitted from the recipe. If I were to start all over I would use this recipe. After making my starter, I tried this sourdough bread recipe (which is very highly rated), but couldn’t get a decent sourdough bread out of it. It was too dense and not sour enough (though lets be honest, I still ate it). I wasn’t sure if my starter was mature enough, so I tried that recipe again. And again. With the same results each time. Finally, desperate, I looked for another recipe and found this one on The Kitchn. It is awesome. I am not even going to bother recreating it here because it is just too good. They have pictures of every step, and it is really easy to follow. If you’ve ever failed at Sourdough like me, you need to try this recipe. I’m not going to lie to you though, it is long and involved. The whole thing takes at least a full day from start to finish. But I promise it is worth it.
I personally believe sourdough bread can be eaten with everything. In the past 3 days I’ve had it with eggs, peanut butter, cheese, salad, chicken, etc. I could probably go on forever. I will just leave you with this gem from the other day. I call it “Not your Mamas Chicken Salad Sandwich” (clever, I know).