As a social distancing activity I am going to make sourdough starter and then obviously some sourdough bread. I will take pictures and Instagram Stories pf the process so you can follow along here or on my instagram @hungrygirlinqueens.
What is sourdough starter?
Sourdough gets its leavening from a starter, a mixture of flour and water that becomes tart, squishy, and bubbly as it grows natural yeast. A starter is is a living organism and must be “fed” regularly with flour and water. Obtaining a starter often spurs a sourdough baking habit, a hobby with near-cult like devotion.
What is the difference between regular bread and sourdough bread?
Regular bread is made using store bought yeast that reacts with gluten making the dough rise. Sourdough bread is made with a “starter” which is a combination of yeast and bacteria growing inside a paste made of flour and water.
Why can’t the internet stop talking about it?
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the website traffic to King’s Flour recipe for sourdough starter has seen a sharp increase. It makes sense if you think about it as bread requires simple ingredients and (I promise this is true!) and skills.
A stand mixer will lower the amount of time spent kneading the dough, however bread making only really needs an empty counter top and a large bowl. Plus you can call it arms and cardio #winning.
There is something very therapeutic and calming about kneading dough. Your mind can drift off and your body can fall into a steady rhythm. Something many of us are missing and craving since staying at home. It gives you a sense of purpose and accomplishment and is honestly the reason I love to cook in general.