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Beginner Guide: How Temperature Affects Sourdough

Throughout my years of baking bread and working with dough, I haven’t always fully appreciated how significantly temperature affects the dough. I’ve always known my rises take longer in the winter and often go faster in the summer, but only when I started working with a lot of sourdough breads did I realize how important…

Beginner Guide: Sourdough Discard

What is Sourdough Discard? Sourdough discard is a by-product of maintaining or “feeding” a sourdough starter. When feeding a starter, flour and water are combined with some of the starter to restart the fermentation cycle, but 80% of the original starter is discarded. This process is repeated daily (or weekly if you refrigerate your starter),…

Beginner Guide: Sourdough Starter and Levain

Sourdough starter and levain (leaven) are both integral parts of the sourdough bread-making process. Read on for a more detailed explanation. Sourdough Starter ≈ Levain At their core: they are the same. They go through the same fermentation cycle. Both are fed flour and water. Their PURPOSE is different. Sourdough Starter Sourdough starter is a…

Beginner Guide: Sourdough Starter

So you’ve decided to jump into the world of sourdough. Now what? This post will teach you all about sourdough starters and the fermentation cycle. It’s a great place to start if you are just getting started in the wonderful world of sourdough and naturally yeasted breads. If you don’t yet have a sourdough starter,…

Beginner Guide: What Is Sourdough?

Sourdough is a method of leavening bread. As opposed to most store-brought bread, sourdough doesn’t use any commercial yeast to rise. Instead it uses a “starter” of fermented flour and water to raise bread. You can use sourdough to make just about any baked good (breads, pancakes, crepes, biscuits, crackers, rolls, cookies, etc…). If you…

Soft Sourdough Sandwich Bread

My family loves soft white sourdough sandwich bread. Pillowy soft, tender and light, this sourdough white sandwich bread is incredible with just a slight tang from the sourdough. We use it for sandwiches, french toast, making breadcrumbs, etc., and we love adding cinnamon chips or cheese. It’s so versatile and delicious. I’ve spent months working…

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