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Spotlight on Sourdough

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Floydm

Spotlight on Sourdough

Certified Executive Pastry Chef and Certified Culinary Educator carltonb has provided some wonderful information on baking with sourdough. There are three parts:

There is a pictoral essay on the steps involved in the development of a starter culture.

Next there is a feeding chart that provides details behind the pictures in his essay. Scaled down, this provides an excellent formula that a home baker could use to create a starter culture.

Finally, Carlton shared an outline of a presentation on the sourdough process. There are some excellent summations in here; if I have any complaint it is that I wish I could hear his entire presentation!

Be sure to catch the diagrams at the bottom of the outline. They are extremely helpful.

I should warn that home bakers just getting started with sourdough might find these articles a bit daunting: Carlton bakes at a level and has an understanding of these processes far more advanced than I do. Don't be scared away! There are a number of other articles about sourdough and starting a culture on this site that I suspect are more approachable to beginners. Once you've got a starter going and want a deeper understand of what is going on, come back to these because they are chock full of useful information.

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qahtan

Thanks for the detailed instruction on soughdough.

Please leave it on for a while so I can really digest it.

qahtan

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Floydm

Absolutely.

I should also mention that none of the old content has gone away. You can search for "lamination" if you want to find carlton's previous article. I also try to add links to previous stories in various places, such as I added a link to his lamination of dough article on the lessons page.