Yeah, that is right, my sourdough loaf looks like ET. Well, either ET or a skull, but I hate skulls and skeletons so I am going for ET.
I followed this recipe, so step 1 took several days- putting flour and warm water into a jar and stirring, then each day adding more water and flour to “feed” it. No yeast, but it did bubble.
Here you can see the bubbles that appeared, before I covered it in more flour and water.
Then I had to make the dough- 300ml of the starter mix (which was very gloopy so I had to ladle it out), 500g flour (I did half wholemeal and half white), 200ml warm water and a pinch of salt.
It looked a bit messy in the bowl, and it took a lot of kneading, but it did come together to make quite a sticky dough. From things I had read on the internet, the dough would be wetter than a normal bread dough- something I read said to keep it as wet as you could bare.
Then it went back in the same bowl (I don’t like extra washing up, sorry!) which I coated with a little rapeseed oil.
I actually took some photos to see if it had risen or not, because I was having trouble working it out! Anyway, after a good few hours I kneaded it gently and shaped it into the dough shape. I made a makeshift proving basket by lining a pasta bowl with a teatowel, and left it overnight.
Again, I was not sure if it had risen in the morning.
But a look on the camera confirmed it! Or rather, it had spread!
Then I heated up the baking tray in the oven (at 240C- super hot!) and baked it for 35 mins.
It rose so much in the oven, I was shocked- I honestly think it doubled in height! I did slash the top with a serrated knife, but not deep enough it turns out because it sort of burst out the bottom.
I could not resist slicing it while it was still warm.
And enjoyed an end piece with some hummus for lunch. It has turned out really well for a first go- nice and chewy and it does have a faint sourdough taste. I think as the starter mix gets more mature the flavour will develop too.
And seriously, what do you think it looks like? I am still saying ET!
Have a lovely weekend- stay warm wherever you are 🙂
11 thoughts on “E.T. Sour-dough”
YUM! I bet it was amazing! I love warm bread out of the oven… need to make some again soon!
Thank you very much for making me smile this Friday.
I’m not a fan of E.T but your bread version is absolutely adorable 🙂
The thought of eating warm sour dough is making me salivate! It’s something I would love to have a go at making when I get a bit more time.
Laura- it was tasty and Andy approved too- phew!
Jessica- I never saw ET when I was little, it was Andy who made me watch it so I think less of the magic was there for me. 🙂
Sarah- it does not take time really, just bit gaps in between, so over a weekend or something it would be OK I think
I think that looks fab! I’m looking forward to baking some bread soon. I think it looks a bit like a skull, perhaps I’m just being morbid! Hope you have a great weekend 🙂
I like the ET reference! Eating bread warm straight out of the oven has to be done, no question and I can just imagine the brilliant pull-apart texture. It must be so satisfying to have made it look and taste so good 🙂
I love sour dough bread! I haven’t baked bread in ages, it’s very inspiring to look at your photos. I once baked bread on a home-made, apricot-based yeast. It took a week just for the yeast to even start.
Yeah, I have something like Yak trax but I don’t use them. I don’t like how they feel on my feet when I run. And for my stupidity I was rewarded with a spectacular fall this morning.
Laura- I thought either a skull or ET and I don’t like skulls! 🙂
Eleanor- I was pleased because I did not think the first go would go that well- there is room for improvement but it was delish.
Shaman- I always look at the Yak Trax things but as I don’t have that much ice here it never seemed worth it. Hope you are OK
ohhh yum! thanks for sharing the recipe, my dad and I have been going crazy trying out all different kinds of homemade yeast breads…we both love sourdough! I hope you’re having a great weekend!
I love sourdough too! 🙂 x
Haha! I agree, it DOES look like ET! 🙂
Sourdough is soo yummy!