Sourdough Bread Starter (The Yeasties)
2 scant T. dry yeast (or 2 pkg.)
1 1/2 C. lukewarm water
4 T. instant potato flakes
1 C. sugar
Dissolve ingredients and mix well in a glass container.
Let the starter grow for 8 hours at room temperature. Store in the refrigerator in a plastic or glass container with a hole in the lid to provide oxygen.
(See starter recipe to make the sourdough starter (which I affectionately call ‘The Yeasties’)
To feed the ‘yeasties’: (Combine in a quart container with starter)
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
3 T. instant potato flakes
Mix together and let stand in a warm place about 8 hours.
(Use within 8-12 hours.)
To make dough: (Combine in a large mixing bowl)
1 cup starter (fed within the last 12 hours)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1 T. salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
6 cups flour (preferably bread flour, but can combine 3 cups bread flour and 3 cups whole wheat flour)
Mix together thoroughly to make moist dough. Knead well; place in oiled bowl. Cover with a light cloth. Let rise in a warm place for about 8 hours*, until double in bulk.
To make bread: Punch down dough; knead briefly and let relax a few minutes until easy to work with. Form dough into desired shapes: rolls, loaves or whatever you like. (Makes three medium loaves.) Place in greased baking dishes or stones. Cover with a light cloth. Let the loaves rise about 8 hours* in a warm location. Bake bread at about 350 degrees about 25 minutes for medium loaves; adjust time for smaller or larger bread.
Information: Starter must be fed at least once a month, but may be fed and used every day if desired. Keep the starter in the refrigerator except when feeding. Never cover with an airtight lid. Keep it in a quart jar (or container) with a porous lid. Shake well before use. Check to be sure bubbles are present before using. Listen after shaking; the liquid sounds ‘fizzy’ if it’s good. It has a pleasant vinegar-like smell and looks white or cream-colored. If the yeasties get too hot, don’t have air, or are not fed, they will eventually die. The starter may also be frozen for 2 or 3 months if you will not be using it. Never microwave!
*If the house is cold, the dough may require longer than 8 hours to rise.