I'm giving sourdough starter a try (again!) I've had limited success with sourdough in the past, and my dissatisfaction with our current bread situation is pressing me to try it again.
For a long time, I soaked my wheat Sally Fallon style before using the aid of my bread machine for the kneading and rising. Then I'd transfer the dough to bread pans for a final rising and bake. The process required several steps, but they were easy steps and the kids helped out a lot...until the non-stick coating started to peel away from the bread machine pan, so I decided to stop using it.
Then I started using a modified whole-wheat recipe from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes book, but for some reason the bread is rather dry and crumby. I can't stand putting so much time and effort into making bread when I don't really care to eat the finished product. So here I go with trying sour dough again.
Another motivator to get this started now is that I have a birthday coming up, a perfect excuse to try out a version of Wardeh's healthy Chocolate Sourdough Cake. Doesn't it look Dee-licious? I'll be using whole wheat rather than spelt and sucanat instead of cane juice. Can't wait to give it a try!