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  • Derek R @DerekR Iver Heath updated 7 months ago


    I had wanted to make sourdough bread for a long time, so eventually looked up the recipe for a starter.
    For three weeks I would start the starter off and each week it would die on me!
    And then I bought some different flour, this time instead of using supermarket strong flour, I used Allinson's.

    I couldn't believe the difference. For the last 2-weeks I have been continually feeding and keeping the starter alive. Twice in the last two weeks I have noticed that it looked like could be on the way out. So instead of giving it the feed of flour and water I've just given it flour and a good mix up and it's worked each time. (See photo).
    I'm not complying by all of the rules that you can read on the BBC website. I've not done any of the throw half away and feed it stuff. I just feed it until I have enough then use it.
    Last weekend I took out 300gms of my starter. I added 500 gms of fresh flour 9fl oz of tepid (40°C) water with 2 tbs sugar and a tsp of salt. Blended it all up. Plopped it into an oil lined bowl with Cling wrap over the top and left it overnight. It was very high the next morning, so I knocked it back, spread it out onto a silicone baking sheet and left it to rise again.
    Once I was happy with the rise it went in the oven at 200°C (fan) for 25 minutes, I checked it, turned it over and gave the base another 10 mins.
    Delicious. Just make sure your flour is good.
    As I said I use Allinson's flour, but you may prefer something else.
    • Are you selling that flour? ;)

    • @To... Not at all. But it works so passing on the tip in case other people have given up. I almost d..

    • @De... I was given a starter by a friend once, and made a loaf, which was delicious. Unfortunately,..

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    • Oh dear! This was meant to be a friendly tip for people, not a thread for unwanted and undeserved cr..

    • @De... No sense of humour Derek? I pity you.

    • I've yet to see any humour in you insulting people.

      Please treat this thread as you do others and de..

    • They always say treat someone how you want to be treated, nope, treat them how they treated you. Tha..

    • So why are you treating me like this?

    • @De... back to OP, thank you for the tip. It's inspired me to try something that had seemed to be a..

    • By the way does this group have a moderator?

    • @ma... it's showing as Gabi from Balham.

    • @De... thank you. It wasn't obvious on the member's list.

    • Dear moderator I have noticed you have hidden my comment, It should have been taken in the spirit it..

    • @De... My husband is the baker, he became interested in sourdough about 3 years ago. Always uses or..

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