Savory Sourdough Waffles

Most bakers who maintain a sourdough starter have their go-to recipes for the discard–the leftover starter that gets tossed in the trash after a small amount has been set aside for future bakes. Crackers, pancakes, waffles and breadsticks are the most popular uses for what others say is “spent fuel” (the microorganisms have already consumed […]

Sourdough Bread, Ken Forkish Method

I know, I know. You probably don’t need another bread recipe. Not even one for sourdough. Not even if I tell you that this bread tastes better than my favorite artisan loaf from the market. And certainly you wouldn’t want it from someone who has not yet mastered the art of bread baking. We all […]

Sourdough Spelt Sandwich Bread

  “That’s my jam!” You might know the expression if you’re of my generation.  I’d heard it mostly in 70s films, people referring to a tune they liked as being their “jam”.  Lately, I’ve seen it used with reference to food.  I was too young in the 70s to understand this expression. And these days I’m […]

Sourdough Scones with Coconut and Chocolate

  Are you beginning to see a pattern in some of my recent recipes?  Sourdough rules in my kitchen lately.  All that trouble I had getting it established.  Now it’s doing so well I can’t seem to hurt it–not that I’m trying to–even after sitting on the counter all day waiting to be fed, after it’s […]

Sourdough Coffee Cake

  “It shouldn’t be so hard,” he said.  “My aunts never had any problems with theirs.” My husband was referring to my four (or was it five?) previous failed attempts at establishing a sourdough starter.  As a child, he had observed the female members of his family effortlessly maintain their sourdough starters, even taking a jar on camping […]

Sourdough Spelt English Muffins

  Last year at around this time a family friend generously gifted to me a sourdough starter with a California Gold Rush pedigree.  He had maintained his starter for decades and, understanding what a treasure it was to have my own to take care of, I was thrilled by his gift.  Unfortunately, for a few […]

Homemade Sourdough Bread: An Ongoing Project

  Last year, as part of the Foodbuzz Project Food Blog contest, I tackled one of my kitchen fears:  Bread making.  For one who considers herself reasonably capable in the kitchen, I had a big fear of yeast and kneading bread dough.  It took a challenge to encourage me to go one-on-one with a sourdough […]