Starter Success

Once I started using Spring water in my sourdough starter it was on like popcorn! I actually made two loaves of bread from starter I made myself. I feel good about that.

Sourdough

My first sourdough starter is finally bubbling up and smelling delicious. I’m so excited that it’s coming along. I thought for sure that I would never get the hang of it and not get to taste the delightful bread made from homemade sourdough starter. I had read on some sites that tap water would be ok to use in the starter. I had misgivings at first, but I went with it and the result was flat sourdough.

Last night I decided to go with spring water and started mixing in whole wheat flour to my all purpose flour. The result was immediate. The starter doubled in an hour. When I fed it this morning about three hours later the starter had tripled! I can’t wait to make bread with my very own starter.

While tweaking my own starter recipe I decided to go online and buy a more proven starter. I found on Ebay a yeast starter with history dating back to the 1600’s and also 3000 b.c.  The Ebay seller is Cannahunter.  He sells lots of different sourdough starters. His customer service was great and I got my yeast quickly through the mail. I would definitely recommend him to those looking for different types of starters.

Bread Maker

It appears I’ve become a bread maker. Recently I’ve started baking my own breads. I began with the no knead method. I’ve since moved to methods from the book “Flour, Salt, Water, Yeast” by Ken Forkish. I have to say I love making bread. I’m just over the moon trying new ways to make bread and developing new flavors.

 

Forkish Method Bread Forkish Method Bread2

The above two loaves are the Saturday Overnight White by Ken Forkish. I took them past the blonde point as was suggested in the book to develop deeper flavors in the bread. They were so delicious. I posted them on my Twitter account and tagged Mr. Forkish. He actually liked my Tweet! Wow how unbelievable that such a knowledgeable artisan bread maker would like my Tweet! I’m looking forward to making many many more loaves of bread.

Also please feel free to follow me on Twitter @SimplyStacieB.

Transitioning

This time of transition for me has been difficult. I’m trying to change careers and go from nursing to information technology. I’m going deeper into my walk with the Lord. I’ve been regularly attending The Vineyard Church TriCounty location. I love having that time to worship my Lord and Saviour every Sunday. It just fills my spirit.

I’m still waiting to see if another Software Testing class is going to start this year through Per Scholas. Per Scholas is just an awesome organization doing great things for communities that surely could use it. I really hope to be able to attend the class. In the meantime I’m going to enroll in the Girl Development It Beginner Programmer class to try and get a better grasp on come basic concepts of programming. They are having a Beginner HTML/CSS course too but, I’m not going to be able to make that one. I know it is going to be great.