One of our absolute favourite treats is fabulous, fresh sourdough bread.
There is something magical about nurturing your own starter, preparing your bread from scratch and
seeing it form into a delicious treat.
When we started making our own sourdough bread, we were overwhelmed by the instructions, advice and crazy amount of literature about sourdough that we found. We have gone through many trials and errors of baking our own bread, feeding our own sourdough starter and making other treats with sourdough starter.
We want to share our experience with you to help you along your own sourdough journey.
First and foremost,
YOU'VE GOT THIS!
Making sourdough bread is not that hard. If you want to make your own bread, we will help you with every step along the way. We have kits with everything you need to get started, fresh sourdough starter that is mixed and ready to go, instructional videos and more. If you'd rather eat the bread than make it, check out our Shop for freshly-baked bread options.
Is it ok if I don't feed my starter every day?
The answer to this question is a little complicated.
What do I do with the discard when I feed my starter?
Our absolute favourite thing to do with starter discard is make yummy sourdough crackers. They are so delicious, they fill your house with divine aromas, they are preservative free and they are made from only a few ingredients (compared to the often unpronounceable list of ingredients found in commercially made crackers). Check out our cracker video for how to make crackers.
My test piece of levain didn't float - should I still try to make bread?
Your test piece of levain should float. Sometimes it doesn't because the water is too hot or too cold (it should be tepid) or your piece is too big for the water. Try a smaller piece from the centre of your levain and see if it works. If it still sinks, it is totally up to you if you'd like to try it with your bread - it may or may not work.
What supplies do I need to make sourdough bread?
There are a few things that you definitely need to make great sourdough bread.
Where do I get starter from?
From us, at Treats + Eats! We offer various packages for sourdough starter - just the starter, the starter with flour mix for three days of feeding and the ultimate sourdough pack which includes starter, flour for feeding, flour for your first loaf of bread and ingredients to make sourdough crackers.