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The year before last I made a resolution that I would make sourdough bread. Then last January I made a resolution to make sourdough bread before 2015. Success!
The wonderful Celia from figjamandlimecordial.com heard I was struggling with failed starters and offered to send me some of her Priscilla starter. The first thing I did was rename it Esmerelda Pissemeyer.
I’ve shared with you before that when my kids were little and yelled MOM!! all day long for me to get a drink of water or come and watch me act silly while I was doing chores, I would change my name to Esmerelda Pissemeyer. If they didn’t call me that, I didn’t answer. The kids weren’t little and I was a single working mother and every minute mattered.
When I received Esmerelda I put it on the kitchen counter and waited for a day when I didn’t have to be gone for part of the day. It took until Friday morning and I followed Celia’s directions to a T and put the water and flour and sourdough starter in a small bowl. Four hours later, another feed and another bigger feed before bed. The directions said I might be lucky to have the starter ready in the morning but it could take another day, so I wasn’t expecting much.
Well, first thing I went to the kitchen and it was all bubbly. I fed it again and started my day. A few hours later and it was REALLY bubbly and I decided it was time to give ‘er a go.
It was so easy to make this bread. Celia should be a teacher because this bread would make anyone happy. If you’re considering making a resolution to make sourdough bread, visit Celia’s Sourdough Bread Tutorial. You can’t go wrong if you follow her simple instructions. It’s a perfect loaf for sandwiches we decided.
I’m going to try something else tomorrow. I told Celia I knew no fear and that’s true. If I fail, well, I’ll start over. She urged me to save some starter in the fridge in the off-chance that I fail. No faith, I tell ya! I was so pleased with my first sourdough loaf, I submitted it to the YeastSpotting page.
- 150g bouncy, ripe starter
- 250g filtered water
- 25g olive oil
- 500g bakers’ flour
- 10g fine sea salt
- Add the ingredients to a bowl and squish them between your fingers until there are no dry bits. Scrape your fingers, cover the bowl and leave for 30 minutes to get acquainted.
- Scrape the dough onto a lightly oiled bench and knead for a minute or so until the dough is smooth.
- Place in an oiled bowl, cover and leave to rise for several hours until doubled in size.
- Once doubled in size, again scrape onto a lightly oiled bench and that should deflate the dough.
- Shape into a round ball by folding the edges into the middle. See video
- Place a piece of baking paper on a baking tray and place the ball of dough on the paper. Spray a piece of cling film with oil and snugly cover the ball of dough to prevent the dough getting a tough skin.
- Leave to rise to nearly double.
- Preheat oven to maximum when the dough has risen to nearly double in size.
- When oven is hot, remove the cling film and slash the top of the bread with a serrated knife. Just go crazy, slash, slash, slash. It will give your bread personality.
- Spray the bread with a little water and place the bread in the oven. Immediately drop the temperature to 220C with fan and bake for 20 minutes.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 175C and bake for a further 20-30 minutes or until the bottom of the loaf sounds like a drum when you thump it. Mine took exactly 20 minutes.
- The crust will be quite dark brown. If you have any question about doneness, put it back in the oven for another 10 minutes. Don't cut until fully cool (as if)
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Well done! I love the name that you chose too and thanks for explaining it because I was wondering…. 😉
I’m sure you’ve heard kids moan, Mum Mum Mum all day. It gets old. 🙂
Gloria Roa Baker says
Omy Maureen this bread look absolutely stunning!
Keren @ Just One More Spoon says
Love this Maureen! I’ve always wanted to bake my own sourdough. Even did a sourdough making class at Brassiere Bread… I think now the weather is warming up it’s perfect timing to start making bread 🙂
Great looking sourdough – one of my favourite breads. And what a gem of a name for the starter! 😀
What a great bread! Thanks for the recipe!
Ahhh your bread looks perfect, Maureen!! 😀
I love making my own bread. I can’t wait to bake some loaves for the holiday. Speaking of which, I wish you and Charlie and your beautiful family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday just in case I don’t make it back here before then! It’s going to a crazy week…Thanksgiving just happens to fall on my brother’s birthday.
Kisses to you all,
It’s a beautiful round of bread inside and out. Congratulations.
Suzy @ The Mediterranean Dish says
I’d love me a loaf of your sourdough bread! It looks GREAT! I baked pita bread for the first time last night. I’ll share it sometime in the near future.
Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) says
Oh, I do love sourdough and this a beautiful loaf – Maureen – congrats!
I love sourdough bread and yours turned out just beautiful
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Your story about your kids yelling made me laugh, Maureen… and I love the name you chose for yourself and the starter. Now I need you and Celia to teach me, please, as I’ve had a packet of starter in my fridge for some time but I’ve felt too afraid to try it!
As I said my darling friend, you are a STAR! Well done you! Can’t wait to hear how the hamburger buns go! Thanks for all the lovely linkies! xxx
John@Kitchen Riffs says
I love homemade bread! And we make all of our own bread these days. Haven’t done sourdough yet, though — something we really should. Haven’t been that motivated, I guess, because our usual bread is so good (and easy). Anyway, terrific stuff — thanks.
Lucy @ Bake Play Smile says
This has been one of the things that I’ve been hanging out to make too! You’ve inspired me to finally do it! Love the crusty top of your bread – yum xx
Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon says
Well done! The bread looks perfect!
I’ve had one failed attempt at sourdough. I’ll check out Celia’s tutorial and try again. Thanks for sharing!
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
So brave of you, Maureen! And your sourdough turned out beautifully!
WOW! Fantastic for first time. Congratulations. Now if only I had some hot dripping with butter……….
I am glad you made the tme to make sourdough! Bread, oh bread. So delicious!
Joanne T Ferguson says
G’day love the bread! Love the story!
I swear I can almost smell it from here!
Pinned and shared! Cheers! Joanne
Congrats Maureen! your bread looks wonderful, love the name Esmerelda Pissemeyer!
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
Maureen that is one of the best loaves I’ve seen! Much better than a lot of mine and I’ve been sourdough baking for years now. Well done!
Love the name and love the story behind it even more. What a great idea!
what a gorgeous looking loaf!
Amanda (@lambsearshoney) says
I have some of Celia’s wonderful starter, too and it never fails me. I squish all the ingredients together before I go to bed, then shape, rise and bake first thing in the morning. Couldn’t be simpler!
Just when I think it’s not possible for me to like you any more than I already do, you go and tell me that you named yourself Esmerelda Pissemeyer. 🙂 You totally made my day with that, Maureen. 🙂 I need to try sourdough again too. I had a lovely starter going and set it out in the granny flat where I faithfully checked on it for 2-3 days and then completely, utterly, totally forgot it was there until it turned into a giant black mold ball. 🙂
I can dry some of Esmerelda and send it to you, Krista.
Hotly Spiced says
Congrats Maureen on your achievement. I’ve been wanting to do the same but have been putting it off. Perhaps it should be my resolution for 2015 xx
I need to learn how to do this, I love sourdough breads, I always tend to ask extra in restaurants that serves this before dinner
nancy @ Plus Ate Six says
You make it look so easy Maureen! is it really? I fear I’d kill the starter. And no way could I come up with a better nickname 🙂
Bread looks better than ever! First time?…men, you are good Maureen.
Tania @My Kitchen Stories says
No way . It is so perfect it looks like a picture. are you sure thats your first loaf….you are a natural x
Eva Taylor says
How cool is that? I’ve not had much luck with a sour dough starter, but then again I haven’t had Celia’s! Love the yeast spotting page, may indeed submit some of my own!
I love sourdough bread and yours looks delicious!
Jean | DelightfulRepast.com says
Maureen, you and Esmerelda made a gorgeous loaf! Isn’t making bread THE most fun baking ever?!
Shashi at runninsrilankan says
This is one heck of an awesome load of sourdough, Maureen or should I call you by your alias “Esmerelda Pissemeyer”! :)Congrats on keeping your resolution!
Choc Chip Uru says
Authentic sourdough? That is such a cool idea 😀
You are amazing, it looks fantastic!
Choc Chip Uru
Eva Taylor says
Boy oh boy, you really got this one right on! It’s just beautiful Maureen. I’ve tried many times to make a starter but no luck. I like the name you chose too, it must bring back some lovely memories.
Chelsea Berry says
I struggle with bread. Mostly the dough part I never get it right! This turned out fantastic 🙂
Chineka @ Savor The Baking says
This bread looks so soft and I can imagine it tasting great as part of a panini. Pinning this!
Bread looks so soft and cute
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Fresh baked sourdough is the best, yours looks wonderful!
Bam's Kitchen says
Now that is what I call a bread! Crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside! Looks delicious. I have also had trouble with starters so glad Celia has gotten you sorted. Have a super week. BAM
Sugar et al. says
I don’t know which I love more…your sourdough or the name. You’re a natural..the bread looks amazing!
Barbara @ Barbara Bakes says
What a gorgeous loaf. You’ve got me craving bread now.
Oh Maureen, I can so relate to the endless “Mom” calls when my kids were younger! ….wait, they still do that! I swore I was going to change my name!
I’ve never failed with a starter, due to simply the fear of failing so I just didn’t try! This bread looks so awesome, perfectly made, I really need to add this to my new year’s resolution too!
Mary Frances says
This bread looks amazing Maureen! I hardly ever bake bread but now I’m getting really hungry for sourdough!
What a gorgeous loaf of bread Maureen! Perfect shape and crumb. I’m sure it taste as good as it looks! A friend gave some starter a couple of years and ago and I was able to keep it going for a year, then just petered out. But when it was still active, the breads were delicious. Wish I still had some to make this one.
I’m happy to send some Esmerelda 🙂 I dried some today.
That is the most gorgeous loaf of bread I have ever seen. Hubby is the bread guy in this house and he would love to make a sourdough. We need to find our own Esmeralda!!
Send me your address and I’ll send Esmerelda over but you have to rename her. 🙂
Such a gorgeous loaf! Like Tara, I need some Esmerelda, too! Maybe one of her cousins lives in Indy 🙂
Emma @ Bake Then Eat says
I have shied away from making sourdough bread, I love to eat it but I am terrified I won’t be able to get the starter working. I really should just ‘woman’ up and get it done!!!
oh how I love sourdough. I have said I would make a sourdough starter for two years now. I really need to just make the gorgeous bread. Your sourdough looks amazing! Hugs, Terra