I've been playing around with sourdough in the last few weeks and am finally starting to
"get it" ... I had tried sourdough a few months ago, and didn't really have fun doing it, had no
clue what was I was doing so gave up,
anyway I jumped back into it, and got some pretty impressive results yesterday
( my latest 100% sourdough loaves )
you can see all the images here:http://www.detroitgrillking.com/frosty/sourdough-april-3/
What you can see in my images is a not-so-traditional sourdough baked in a traditional bread
pan ( which I did on purpose, as I wished to see what would happen ) and a very traditional
sourdough loaf which gave me very shocking results.
Shocking because the 100% sourdough dough was pretty flat when it hit the pizza stone, and 10 mins
later it had blown up like a balloon ! ( the first 2 images show the before and after ) .... the results
are just stunning ! ( to me anyway )
.... look at the slits I made in that dough, and look at how
wide they opened up.... it was really amazing for me to see, I didn't realize I could get that excited
Note: At about the 10 mark I had opened the oven to spray some water from my water spritzer into the oven
and the loaf had already blown up like you see it in that second image, but it wasn't as brown, that second image was taken just before I took it out )
see below !
P.S. - On April 1st, I did a test using 1 cup of sourdough starter, and used only 1 teaspoon of yeast
to see what would happen..... well, the results were visually very pleasing, but the loaf didn't have that
real sourdough taste as the one I made without any yeast at all.
you can see the complete set of images here:http://www.detroitgrillking.com/frosty/sourdough-april-1/
Anyway the 100% sourdough bread has given me some really good hope, and now that I know I can do
bread, I'm going to start making my first sourdough pizzas
(( Just to clarify, the last 2 images of the TALL bread in the tin was made with sourdough starter, but
with the aid of 1 teaspoon of yeast )) ( baked on April 1st )
After my bake session yesterday with NO commercial yeast, and seeing the amazing results of that free form
bread, it blows my mind the power that is contained in a good sourdough starter !