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All-Purpose Starter

Photo by: Joseph De Leo
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Recipe

This can be used in the construction of just about any yeast bread—strike that—any yeast bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups filtered or bottled water, heated to 110° to 120°F (just hot to the touch)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 8 ounces bread flour

Directions

In the carafe of a blender, combine all ingredients. Blend for 10 seconds, or until smooth. Pour the mixture into a clean, quart-sized glass jar. Barely screw on the lid—gasses need to be able to escape. Skip this step and there’ll be broken glass to pick up later.

Stash the jar in a warm (80° to 85°F would be nice) place for 24 hours. Use right away or feed it another cup of warm water mixed with a cup of flour and stash it in the refrigerator. Every time you use a cup of culture, feed the starter a cup of water and flour.

Notes

Ways to keep a starter warm: A screened-in porch in summer would be perfect. If you don’t have one, park the jar under a desk lamp, or wrap a heating pad set to low around the jar, secured with a rubber band or two.


© October 1, 2004
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on the entire recipe.

838kcal (42%)
49mg (5%)
0mg (0%)
0mcg RAE (0%)
267mg
63mg
28g
5g
6g
168g
0mg (0%)
21mg (1%)
1g (3%)
4g (6%)
10mg (55%)
 

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