oh whomp, i didn't know you only used starter.Well, unfortunately, without starter, I'm not really that much of a help... I literally use sourdough starter as the yeast in all breads that I make.
What kind of bread are you looking to make, @LyceeFruit PE? Like, a crusty loaf? A sandwich loaf? Something sweet? I can research some recipes for you!!
I've got a pretty sweet/simple rosemary bread I like to make. There are also a couple other loafs I like doing.@leggo PE can i haz a basic bread recipe plz?
I'm sick of making the no-knead from KAF and I want to expand my skills.
I have: bread flour, AP, medium rye, semolina, self rising, another bag of rye from Maine Grains, and *maybe* whole wheat.
i don't have sourdough starter at this time - i am considering restarting it tho.
First question, was it kept on the counter, or in the fridge?I have a sourdough starter that I had been keeping up with, but recently I let it go and fed it after 9 days. How do I know it's still alive? I rarely use it because my wife doesn't care for the sweet taste of sourdough bread. I usually make a "no knead" artisan loaf, the simplest kind (all-purpose flour, salt and yeast) but I put it in a baking pan to give it a typical sandwich bread shape. I tried to alter it using a combination of all-purpose, bread, and whole wheat flours, but wife just likes the all-purpose flour tasting bread.
I know there's some chemistry/biology involved here, but I'm new to the baking scene (been doing this for 2 months). My mother in law gave me some of her starter two months ago when she visited, and it's been going since 2005, so I guess there's some nostalgia to it. Anyway, per her instructions, I keep it in the fridge (jar with lid on but not tightened), and every 5-7 days I feed it and have it sitting on the counter for 8 hours minimum, then I put back in the fridge. I'll toss out a cup or at least half of it if I'm not using it that week.Okay, @DuranDuran, it actually sounds like you already fed it (sorry, I got so excited at you mentioning you have a starter that I apparently didn’t properly read your post). When did you feed it? It might be a bit sluggish getting back to its normal self. But don’t give up! I would keep it on the counter and feed it 2x a day until it’s back to it’s normal bubbly self!