I know that some of you looked at the title of this recipe and thought sourdough chocolate what? Or perhaps you thought it was a typo and that this is actually a sour cream chocolate cake. Actually, it is a sour cream chocolate cake, but the recipe title is also correct. This chocolate cake includes a cup of sourdough starter in the batter, which is awesome for those of us who keep sourdough starters for bread and are sometimes looking for ways to use up the cup of starter that gets discarded when feeding our bubbly little pets. If you don’t have a sourdough starter, don’t worry, this cake can easily be made without one and it will still be an absolutely delicious chocolate sour cream cake. Instructions for doing this are in the recipe notes. If you would like to experiment with sourdough, here are my instructions for creating your own starter. Continue reading →
Entries Tagged 'Sourdough'
Remember how I invited you on that sourdough journey in September? You were so patient with my daily updates as I created a new sourdough starter and demonstrated how to make a loaf of sourdough bread from scratch. Well, here we go again. Continue reading →
It took a week to get to this point, but today I have two loaves of delicious fresh sourdough from my new starter. If you’re just tuning in and want to learn how I created my sourdough starter, begin here.
Even though I’ve been making sourdough bread from scratch for over 5 years, it still amazes me that something so delicious can come from only 3 ingredients: flour, water, and salt. I didn’t use any special equipment to make this bread – it was mixed and kneaded by hand and baked in a home oven on a regular sheet pan. Anyone can do this. Continue reading →
I can’t believe it’s been a full week since I started this sourdough experiment. I can now say that I have a brand new fully active sourdough starter – the first I’ve created in Fresno. I’m excited to bake with it and see how the flavor compares to my other two starters that have been traveling around with me for a while. Continue reading →
Now we’re in business! I woke up this morning to find that my starter had fully doubled in size and it’s really starting to smell pleasantly sour. I fed it in the morning and watched it grow throughout the day. I expect it to be fully doubled again by the time I feed it this evening. That’s a good sign. We’re getting close. Continue reading →
Well, it’s definitely alive, but I was hoping it would have doubled in size by now. I’ve decided that now is the time to start feeding it twice a day, morning and evening, and keep up the regimen until it gets to the point where it will double in size within four hours or so. Once it gets there, I think it will be strong enough to bake with. These photos were taken in the morning, about ten hours after feeding. Continue reading →
I was really excited to check on my starter this morning, because after the activity yesterday, I was sure that it would double in size overnight. Wrong. Today it looked about the same as yesterday. Yes, it did bubble and grow a bit after feeding it last night, but it never grew past the level it reached on day three. Continue reading →