Saturday, February 19, 2011

Easy sterter

Easy Sourdough Starter

This Sourdough starter recipe came down to me from my great aunt who got the recipe and her first starter from a friend of hers in the 1960's. Her friend in turn had the starter and recipe passed down to her from her grandmother about 30 years earlier, so my aunt's starter by the time she got hers was already about 30 years old and then she still has the same starter so it is at least 70 yrs old now and her friend told her when she gave it to her that her grandmother had brought it from Russia in the early 1900's. Well anyway this is the recipe as was given to me by her.

The Starter

Ingredient Weight US Volume Bakers Percentage
White flour 319 g 11.25 oz 2.5 cups 83.51%
Rye flour 64 g 2.25 oz 0.5 cups 16.75%
Whole Milk 340 g 12 oz 1.5 cups 89.01%
White Sugar 300 g 10.58 oz 1.5 cups 78.53%
3 tbls. Honey 3 g 0.11 oz 0.16 tbspns 0.79%
Luke-Warm Water 118 g 4.16 oz 0.5 cups 30.89% (hydration)
Dark Beer 227 g 8 oz 1 cups 59.42%
Total Weight: 1370 grams / 48.33 ounces
Total Flour Weight: 382 grams / 13.47 ounces

Bakers percentages are relative to flour weight (flour equals 100%) and every other ingredient is a percentage of this. Flour from the Starter is not counted. Note: This recipe was uploaded in cups and has been automatically converted to other measures, let us know of any corrections.


Combine all ingredients into a crock with a crockery lid. Mix with a plastic or wooden spoon till well mixed will be about same consistency as pancake batter. Let stand in a warm place covered for about 1-1 1/2 weeks stirring about 3 times a day. replenish by taking out about 2c of starter and replacing with 1cup flour 1/2 c sugar and 1/2 cup warm water. This starter is best left out on counter it does not respond well to refrigeration, also it will develop a sour smelling dark liquid on surface simply stir back into starter. I would recommend using it at least once a week for bread or pancakes or whatever. Remember to replenish as above. Feed about once a week by following replenish instructions above.

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