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 Sourest Bread I have ever tasted
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Gail
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Gail
Novi MI
USA

Posted - Dec 10 2018 :  08:09:50 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello,

I'm one week in and made wheat bread yesterday. I'm not one much for pancakes and/or waffles. I figured worse case, I would just throw out my first attempt.

The bread was dense and took a while to rise but good Lord, this was the sourest bread I have ever tasted. Is this normal? Or is it because the mother was only one week old?

I also tried to make croutons from it. Baking them for an hour at 300 degrees. Burnt. Going in the trash. I still have another loaf, I may try croutons again and cut the baking time.

Michigan Gail

Ashley
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Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - Dec 12 2018 :  08:47:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Gail, it's nice to have you on our chatroom. The beginner batter breads do have a distinct sour flavor, but the sour flavor should be pleasant, not offensive. Since it was your first week of keeping your mother, your mother is still developing, and the sour flavor should balance out as your mother does. Even after your mother is established (this process take 3-4 weeks), it will have a sour flavor. Since your mother is just a week old, a dense bread is to be expected since the wild yeasts haven't had much time to fully develop. You mentioned that you're not big on pancakes or waffles--what about on of the muffin recipes or another recipe from in the Sourdough-Enhanced Treats Section, beginning on p. 172?

It's unfortunate that your croutons burnt. If you try them again, let me know how they turn out! Whenever I make them, they usually take 50-55 minutes, but it sounds like you may need to cut this time even more.

Which flour are you using for your mother? I always like to know this as each flour has its own "quirks".

Ashley Ogle
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Gail
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Gail
Novi MI
USA

Posted - Dec 15 2018 :  3:08:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Ashley,

I'm using King Arthur, 100% organic Wheat flour. This is week two and the mother is bubbling along nicely so it sounds like it is acting correctly.

I will try pancakes and/or muffins tomorrow which is my baking day. I will let you know what happens. I'm not giving up!

Michigan Gail
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Ashley
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Ashley
MOSCOW Idaho
USA

Posted - Dec 15 2018 :  10:14:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good luck! Iím looking forward to hearing about how they turn out!

Ashley Ogle
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