Easy Sourdough Starter
For a more sour starter, after the first 48 hours, add 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup water, whisk until smooth, and let stand for 24 to 48 hours more. Sourdough starter keeps indefinitely, and its flavor improves with age. Use the starter to make our sourdough bread.
- 1 package (about 1 1⁄2 Tbs.) commercial dry
- 1 cup unbleached bread flour
- 3⁄4 cup lukewarm water (90° to 100°F)
- 2 Tbs. plain yogurt
To use the starter, measure out the amount called for in a recipe and let stand at room temperature until it starts to bubble, about 1 hour. To feed the remaining starter, add 1 cup flour and 1 cup water, stir to incorporate, and let stand at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours to begin fermenting again. Store in the refrigerator, covered loosely. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Bread, by Beth Hensperger (Simon & Schuster, 2002).