Despite having my partner, our daughter, and a tribe of feline familiars… somehow, our family didn’t quite feel complete. From time to time we tried to figure out what was missing… another cat? (We have a one-cat-per-human maximum, so we’re currently at quota.) Another lizard? (Our beloved dragon recently passed away after nearly 10 happy sun- and cricket-filled years.) A Kitchen-aid stand mixer? (We decided to adopt one, and though it has made us very happy, that wasn’t it either.) As time passed we decided to wait and see what the gods put in our path.
And then, in early December, the gods brought us Audry II — our sourdough starter from King Arthur Flour of Norwich, Vermont.
You see, I find it hard to pass up a deal. For several weeks in a row, King Arthur Flour had a series of amazing pre-holiday shopping offers that I managed to combine with promotional codes and gift cards from previous orders to score crazy good deals on baking goods. And man, do we love baking. We placed four orders in two weeks swearing that each one was the last, until King Arthur of Flour offered up a once-in-a-century deal, and we could order the sourdough crock and starter kit that we’d had our eyes on.
Our sourdough kit arrived two days before Yule and I read the care sheet that came with it several times before taking the starter out of the box and feeding it.
- One feeding and it started to expand in its large glass bowl.
- Two feedings and it was bubbling and starting to froth a bit.
- Three feedings and I swear I heard it burp.
Once the starter was well fed, I pulled a cup out to use in a pair of loaves, fed the remaining starter once more, settled it into its new little crock and tucked it away in the back of the fridge to fester for a week until its next feeding.
[related-post align=”right”]We now take it out once a week, remove a cup for baking or passing along, feed it a bit more and give it some downtime in the back of the fridge.
Since Audry II arrived we’ve had four delicious loaves of sourdough bread and are looking forward to some kick-ass buttermilk pancakes tomorrow morning.
Now our family finally feels complete.
Who else has experience with sourdough starters? What are you making with your dough-y “family member?”