Yes, yes I know. When will I stop posting about bread?
In truth, when I get it right, I guess. I saw a fabulous post on YouTube by a lady called Baker Bettie in Chicago who taught the entire process of Sourdough and gave me an understanding about some of the things I’m doing wrong.
So, I have my starter pared down and I just fed it again. This time, and last night, I fed it according to her directions.
If you are interested in learning about sourdough bread, I think this is the best video series and author to watch. This particular video was about the difference in hydration levels and how that affects how the dough works. Since I have consistently made bricks, I needed some help. After watching nearly every creator about baking, this was the one that gave me the help I needed. NOW, I understand what I didn’t understand before.
There is a lot to baking bread. Especially sourdough bread. There is a lot of science about any yeast bread, but with sourdough, because the yeast is less “dependable,” the process is more involved. I never realized just how involved it could be. I’ve made yeast breads for years, but never a really good loaf for sandwiches. I’ve come close only once or twice.
I’m much more comfortable with quick breads using baking soda and baking powder. And cookies, of course, are pretty easy for me. I could do an Instructable about cookies. Maybe I will!
Anyway, yeast breads are what I’m learning during this time of isolated living. I might as well do something creative and useful, after all. Even if I have to toss out a lot of bread for the birds, I’m learning.