Soliciting your opinions
At a friends' advice, I embarked upon a regime to see if I could get my starter to ferment and proof my SD as quickly or near as quick, as instant yeast.
As I have mentioned in one or two other posts in and around 'The Fesh Loaf' it involves feeding at 4 hourly intervals for three to four days ( obviously I'm not getting up in the middle of the night to feed) then after this, on the following day the starter ought to be at an absolute peak in tems of viability and power to ferment dough ! My friend who is a pro baker ( yes like many of you ! ) says it should perform very close to yeast in terms of the quick rise.
Now I'm aware that speed aint everything and that flavour, gluten development and other factors all contribute to great bread. Thats not what I'm on about with this little experiment, just speed !
I will no doubt find out shortly how successful I've been, but for now I would ask any of you who may have been baking SD for some considerable time, whats the quickest turnaround time you've gotten from your own SD starter ?
Yes, patience is a virtue and SD is one of the greatest of rewards. This is all about education and adventure.