I spent the summer of 2010 trying to perfect sourdough bread. I spent hours researching how to create the perfect starter, how to keep it happy, how to coax the best flavor from it. This blog began with a self-conscious post about starter.
The starter traveled with me to Los Angeles, nestled in the front seat of a Budget moving truck. But the obsession was temporary, and the starter was left for dead in the back of my sister's refrigerator.
I've been here for over a year, and it's time to try again, with a more simple, temperate approach. I can't guarantee success, but for anyone curious about breadmaking, consider me your vicarious experiment.
Sourdough Starter, Day 1:
Mix 2 tablespoons of flour with 2+ tablespoons of water.
Let sit in a covered but not airtight container for 24 hours.