Sourdough starter

    Instead of using yeast, make your own sourdough starter by following the step by step guide in these recipes. With a bit of time and patience, you will have started your journey on the art of sourdough baking!

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    41 reviews

    Use unwashed, organically grown red or purple grapes for this recipe. The white powder found on the skins of the grapes is used as homemade sourdough starter for bread. If you wish, you can switch to plain flour on the fifth day. The starter is fully active and ready to use in nine days.

    Recipe by: Sharon

    4 reviews

    Making a sourdough starter is an easy thing to do; add water and strong flour together and let nature take over. You do not need to add yeast or apple or grapes or yoghurt to create the starter. The yeast comes from airborne wild or natural yeasts that are all around us in sufficient quantities to activate the starter. Then it is a matter of feeding the starter every day for 5 days. The starter will produce bubbles and will have a sweet alcoholic smell. I store my starter in a 1.5L Kilner jar and leave it in my kitchen in a cool place ready for use. The starter can be stored in the fridge if you have the space as this will slow down the activity and preserve it. You must bring the starter back to room temperature before use to get it active again, so allow 12 hours before use. The creation of a starter takes approximately 5 days and then regular feeding thereafter. Follow the step by step guide below and you will have the beginning of a wonderful sourdough starter.

    Recipe by: DorsetJammer

    38 reviews

    This recipe for a Herman sourdough starter is ideal for sweeter creations. It will take 15 days for the starter to mature, with feeding. Following that, should you continue to feed it, it will be ready for use every 10 days. Do not use any metal utensils or bowls at any point while making this sourdough starter.

    Recipe by: Sue

    200 reviews

    Use this versatile sourdough starter recipe for any recipe that calls for a sourdough starter. Make the starter in a glass container and store in the fridge after fermentation.

    Recipe by: Esther Nelson

    30 reviews

    The best starter for sourdough bread is a natural one. Good quality flour, clean water and fresh air is all you need to get started. It may take a little time to grow, but if you feed your starter - you will be rewarded with an endless supply of natural yeast!

    Recipe by: SUZQ

    19 reviews

    The natural yeast from potatoes creates a great starter for making your own artisan sourdough bread.

    Recipe by: Paula

    No reviews

    This recipe shows you how to make your own yeast water for bread baking, perfect for times you cannot find yeast at the supermarket. The process takes about 10 days, maybe a little less depending on how many wild yeast bacteria are present on the fruit you are using. I've had the best results making yeast water with apricots, but other dried fruits such as dates or figs are also possible.

    Recipe by: nadia

    No reviews

    This is a step-by-step guide on how to begin a gluten free sourdough starter without yeast. It's made with brown rice flour and buckwheat flour.

    Recipe by: Buckwheat Queen

    99 reviews

    A sourdough starter that's good for bread or any recipe requiring starter. Using instant mash really makes it easy.

    Recipe by: Becky Richardson

    No reviews

    An easy sourdough bread starter which you will need to make several days in advance to ensure good fermentation and flavour. Use this sourdough starter for Basic sourdough bread.

    Recipe by: allrecipes

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