The recipe Anita’s friend had given her, and she passed onto me looked something like this:
1 c flour
1 Tbsp sugar
Mix together and leave over night in a warm spot. The next morning it will be bubbly and smell like yeast.
I decided to Google it and see what I was missing. Some of the things I found used the potato as well as the water. (People making Vodka said this worked great…) I did find methods using only the water, but the result looked thicker than mine. Hmmm. I decided that I needed more flour and sugar, so I fed my first mixture. I added about ½ of a cup of flour and another Tablespoon of sugar. Success! The next morning I had bubbles!
(That is the best title I can come up with)
In a mixing bowl, put together:
1 cup potato yeast starter
¾ c warm water
1 c sprouted wheat flour
1 c mashed potatoes
Mix these ingredients together and let them sit for about 4 hours or overnight. (Overnight would be best, but I couldn’t wait any longer.)
Stir down the sponge and add:
1/3 c warm water
1 tsp salt
¼ c coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
4 c sprouted wheat flour
Mix with the dough hook for about 10 minutes. If the dough is too sticky add more flour. I also turned the dough out onto a floured board and kneaded it for 10 minutes more by hand. I added about 1 c more flour throughout this process making the total amount of flour about 5 cups.
Place the dough in the bowl and allow to rise for about 2-3 hours.
(Mine didn’t rise very much, but I pressed on. Hopefully yours will double!)
Divide the dough into 2 well greased loaf pans and allow to rise again. This time I let them rise overnight!
In the morning, they had actually risen quite a bit! Not as much as I would have liked, but an acceptable amount.
Bake the bread in a 375 degree oven for about 45 min. I baked mine for 40 at first. They weren’t quite done. I put one back in for 10 min. The crust was crunchy, but the inside was soft and dense.
- Patience, let the bubbles happen
- Patience, let the sponge rise overnight
- Cut a slice in the top because this is basically a sourdough type yeast.
- Wild Yeast can easily be caught! This would be a great science experiment for the kids as well as being useful!
- I need more patience.
- I need to make more Blackberry Lemon Marmalade. It is delicious and that was my last jar.