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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Sunday Favorite rerun....Homemade yeast bread...

It's time again for Sunday Favorite Re-runs, a new Meme hosted by Chari over @ happytodesign It is so much fun to go back and re-run some of my favorite post.
This week I'm reposting one I did the 2d week I posted a blog..I thought that with the Holidays coming up, someone might find this useful...
First I want to thank my SIL Dot Smith for this recipe and tell you this woman can make the best bread you've ever put in your mouth....

I have long wanted to learn how to make sourdough bread, since my Hubby and I both love it. So my SIL who has made it for years finally gave me a start in Nov. I was in heaven, and my kitchen also smelled like heaven when these 3 loaves where baking. We enjoyed fresh bread for Christmas and for New Years and alas, I wasn't able to make it this last go around and had forgot to ask my SIL what to do if I couldn't make it after I feed it, and I soon found out what happens when it's left sours, boy did it I had to throw my starter out....just broke my heart.
So I went searching and found her starter recipe on the internet....oh, joy.... I thought some of you might be interested in making some fresh bread. If you don't have a recipe here is a good one... I made my starter today and can't wait for it to mature in 5 days. I am going to try to fill on loaf full of cheese and hot peppers, for my Dear Hubby, I hope it turns out. I will let y'all

3 tablespoons instant mashed potato flakes
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Combine instant potatoes, sugar, water, and yeast in a covered container. Let the starter sit on a counter for 5 days, stirring daily with a wooden spoon.
On the morning of the fifth day, feed the starter with 3 tablespoons instant potatoes, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 1 cup warm water. In the evening, take out 1 cup of the starter to use in a sourdough recipe. Refrigerate the remaining starter.
Every five days, feed the starter 3 tablespoons instant potatoes, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 cup water. If starter is to be used in a recipe, let the fed starter rest at room temperature 6 hours before use. If starter is not being used in a recipe, keep refrigerated and discard 1 cup of starter after each feeding.
This is what it looks like mixed up.
I always have a hard time remembering when to feed it so, I printed off a calender of the month and wrote down the day I made the starter and counted 5 days and wrote feed and make bread, then start counting for 5 more days.
My recipe for the sourdough bread
1 cup sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup corn oil
6 cups bread flour

Mix sugar, corn oil, salt, water, and 1 cup of sourdough starter together in a large bowl. Sift the flour and add to the mixture. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn to grease on all sides, cover loosely with towel let rise 8-12 hrs in a warm place.
After 8-12 hrs punch down and fold dough to the center into a ball, Knead 3 or 4 times, stretch out and divide into 3 parts. Knead each part on a floured surface for 8-10 strokes. Put in greased loaf pans. Brush each with oil. Let rise for 8-10 hrs, bake in preheat oven of 350 degrees for 30 to 35 mins. Immediately remove from pan and brush tops with melted butter. Cool on racks and store in plastic bags when cool in refrigerator. To Freeze wrap in plastic, then in foil and freeze....mine never lasted long enough to make it to the freezer....
I hope you enjoy....


  1. Oh thank you for this post. I have been wanting to get the recipe for a good tarter!

    Have a wonderful sunday!

  2. There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking!

  3. Thanks for this. I used to have sourdough starter that my mother-in-law gave me. I always thought you had to get a start from someone else, but you've just taught me that you can make your own.

  4. Oh boy, a post from Molly!!! I will take it, even a rerun is wonderful from this Southern gal!!!

  5. It's so nice to see you here Molly :)

  6. I always wondered where the First Starter came from! Now I know!
    I am not much of a cook, as you will know if you read my blog!
    I am giving this to my dil. She loves to cook!

  7. Homebread bread from a starter - sounds wonderful.

  8. Hi Molly...

    My friend, I'm soooo happy that you chose to share this post with us for Sunday Favorites! Sure wished you could have heard all the "brain storming" going on while I was reading through your post! Hehe! It's been awhile since I've made anything from a "starter" base and this recipe sounds divine! I don't ever recall any of the "starter" recipes that I've used calling for instant mashed potatoes...sounds yummy! is my "brainstorming"! Wouldn't this make a fabulous gift for Thanksgiving or Christmas? I'm thinking about making the starter and then baking bread. I can give a fresh loaf of bread with a pretty container of the "starter" for the gift. Then...while I was reading about how you printed off a calendar so you could keep track of when to feed it...I think I'm going to get some chalkboard paint and paint it on the container...that way they could mark right on the container the dates that they've fed the starter! Ohhh...I'm loving this idea!!! I love blogging...where else can you get so many great ideas and such inspiration! I really want to thank you for sharing this post with us!!! You just helped me to "knock out" several Christmas gifts that will be really unique!!!

    Warmest wishes,

  9. My mom use to make sourdough bread. It was so good and it smelled heavenly baking.

  10. I love homemade bread. I just hate to make it.

  11. I have never made sourdough bread but it sounds wonderful~like a science experiment. How satisfying that must be!

    Thanks for reposting!!



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