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Guess what? I haven’t ruined my sourdough starter this time!! In fact, it’s doing pretty well. See?
Are you curious what worked?
The Lesson I Learned
Yes, stirring in the hooch is definitely the answer. I still continue to do it to make sure my starter is good. Now I definitely have “lift” in my starter! It also smells nicely sour. I’m happy my starter is working well!
However. My first baking attempt did not go so well.
I decided, how hard could this be? I mixed together some starter, flour, and sea salt, kneaded it, and let it sit. This is what it looked like:
And that never changed. I poked at it about every 12 hours, but it really never looked any different. I ended up throwing it out.
So, lesson here: use tried and true recipes for initial sourdough experiments. Then, once I get the hang of it, I can branch out and figure out other projects. Sigh.
I think, despite my previous failures, I will attempt Katie’s Honey Whole Wheat Bread this upcoming week. Who wants to bake it along with me?