Welcome to Doughvember

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.

This month I’m teaming up with the lovely Linda of Salty Seattle to celebrate sourdough in all its forms all month long.  While I got distracted and let my various starters languish in the fridge last month, Linda was busy cranking out some pretty spectacular sourdough concoctions like Sourdough Fettuccine, Sourdough Pumpkin Beignets, and Sourdough Pretzel Rolls.  Really.

I’m inspired.  I want to make crazy delicious sourdough things, too.  I have lots of ideas swirling around in my head –  sourdough corn dogs and sourdoughnuts have been at the top of my mental list, but who knows what will show up in my dreams tonight.  The point is, there’s a lot you can do with a sourdough starter and we want to have some fun this month.

We’re really excited for you to join us.

In fact, in all the excitement we got a little carried away and renamed the month.  Forget November, this year it’s called Doughvember.  Does that name work?  Well, I say it does and since it’s my birthday month, I get to do what I want. For the month of Doughvember, we’re going to be encouraging you to play with sourdough and hope that you will encourage others to do the same.  We will be making it as interactive as we can and those who jump in will be eligible for some fun prizes (more on that coming soon).

To kick things off, Linda is giving away some of her own sourdough starter to two lucky people.  Head over to Salty Seattle and leave a comment to enter her giveaway.

If you have an old sourdough starter kicking around in the back of your fridge, now is the time to get it out and start nursing it back to life.  If you have a friend or family member who keeps a sourdough starter, you might ask if they’d be willing to share.  And if you’re ready to create a brand new starter, here are some instructions.

Feel free to ask questions, share stories, and offer encouragement on twitter – the conversation has already started using the hashtag #doughvember.

Let’s start baking!

  1. Jessica

    What?! I am so freaking excited about Doughvember! Awesome! 😀

    6:56 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  2. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I’m not a baker, but this sounds like fun!

    7:05 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  3. Stacie D

    Lovin’ your doughvember thang. Excited to play with some sourdough!

    7:12 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  4. Roxana GreenGirl

    I love baking bread but have never made my own starter. Maybe I’ll do that this Doughvember.

    7:33 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  5. Sara

    I’m all over this. I have been wanting to try the Tartine Bread brioche recipe using sourdough bread, as well as a sourdough banana bread I saw on Wild Yeast! (She even has sourdough brownies…) I can’t imagine any bread recipe that couldn’t be improved by sourdough, and in part I have the BBA to thank for getting me to finally start using sourdough. (I’m clearly a convert). Count me in!

    7:34 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  6. Carol

    Looking for new ideas…been making sourdough waffles regularly since beginning with my starter in March. It’s so hearty!

    7:37 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  7. Phillip

    Time to wake my starter! I love this collaboration. (-:

    7:43 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  8. Heather

    It’s gonna be epic!

    8:14 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  9. Saltyseattle

    We’re going to see a sourdough skirt by the end of this, mark my words;)

    10:01 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  10. Sharon

    I’m ahead of schedule! Just posted about sourdough pancakes and sourdough biscuits yesterday, as a matter of fact, and can’t wait for more inspiration. Count me in!

    10:03 pm  Nov 1st, 2011
  11. Nancy G.

    Very excited. I have my very own starter thanks to your instructions and have been playing with it ever since. Once of my goals for this month was to start posting about it, so Doughvember it is!

    9:24 am  Nov 2nd, 2011
  12. Jean Layton

    Love the sourdough focus for this month, got to seize the day and rename a month of my own soon.
    Sourdough is truly fun, and yes once you have the starter, the ideas just keep on coming.
    I created a gluten-free version last year simply because my husband truly missed his Breadfarm bread.
    You can find it over here
    and if you want a dried starter packet, just follow the directions in the post.
    Can’t wait to see what everyone creates.

    12:22 pm  Nov 2nd, 2011
  13. AlyssaB

    Hi Nicole,
    Well, it looks like Doughvember is going to get me to enter the World of Sourdough. Your gorgeous photography and Linda’s is just too good to resist. I can’t wait to pull creations like those out of MY oven, too!

    8:05 am  Nov 3rd, 2011
  14. Jessica

    I finally have a starter (thanks to your directions!) and can’t wait to play with it! This is my first time with sour dough. Excited for Doughvember!

    8:05 am  Nov 3rd, 2011
  15. Julie @BananasForBourbon

    Love the name! It’s awesome! My starter is ready to go just in the nick of time. 🙂 Count me in!

    11:52 am  Nov 3rd, 2011
  16. Kayla @ Sheriff of the Kitchen

    I’m excited to join you for doughvember I’ve got sourdough starter but im intimidated by it… so perhaps I can tackle it with your helpful posts to come.

    3:26 pm  Nov 3rd, 2011
  17. Susie @Return to Sunday Supper

    Have to admit, I’m more of a cook than a baker… but, I have some starter that has been in the freezer for almost 2 years…what are it’s chances?

    10:21 am  Nov 7th, 2011
  18. Nicole

    Susie- Over the years, I’ve had neglected starter in the back of my fridge for stretches of several months at at a time and it’s always somehow bounced right back. I think that if the starter was healthy when it went into the freezer, you’ll probably be fine. I hope you give it a try!

    11:27 am  Nov 7th, 2011
  19. Rhonda

    I envy bakers, I just don’t have it in me. The bread looks delicious.

    11:11 am  Nov 9th, 2011
  20. maribel

    What a great idea! I’m always looking for new ways to use up my starter.

    12:06 pm  Nov 9th, 2011
  21. Stacey

    I am having the worse time with me starter. I have thrown out the first one and have started again. It has never grown. I thought it was the flour since I was using bleached. I am now using all purpose unbleached and the same thing seems to be happening. Any suggestions?

    6:31 am  Nov 10th, 2011
  22. Woody

    I tried the recipe for Sourdough Pumpkin Beignets and it was a big hit with the wife and kids. I am going to make it for the extended family as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. The smell while cooking was a pleasant torture, but the final product was well worth the wait. Thank you so much for sharing. I used a combination of pumpkin puree and butternut squash puree and it was great. Do you have a preference to cake or dry yeast in your starters?

    4:38 pm  Nov 11th, 2011
  23. Adrienne

    Help! I am so excited to be trying this. I am on day four of the sourdough starter and nothing much is happening. What have I done wrong??

    2:52 pm  Nov 15th, 2011
  24. Stacey

    Update — I am beginning to see some activity. My starter is doubling in size every 12 hours. It was a bit sluggish at first but it is finally taking off. I believe I’ll be baking bread by Sunday or Monday.

    6:55 am  Nov 17th, 2011
  25. Susie @ Return to Sunday Supper

    Hi Nicole, I think that I need to keep on improving my skills till I get it right, but since this is the last day of Doughvember, here’s my final outcome.
    Thank you again for the starter, recipe and advice!

    1:56 pm  Nov 30th, 2011
  26. Melissa

    Hi Nicole,
    I’m new to sourdough and your site, and I’m a total novice! I’m just wondering if it’s acceptable to use different kinds of flour when you are mixing up your bread dough (getting ready to bake it), or if better results are achieved by using the type of flour the starter has been cultured with. In other words, if I have a white flour starter, can I use that to make bread with some white flour and some spelt flour (for example)?
    Thank you!

    1:01 pm  Feb 21st, 2013
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