Looking for a simple starter
Thanks for all the inspiring pictures and posts of all the bread you have made. I have been lurking and baking behind the scenes and I really want to try making a starter. There are a few things holding me back though and I was hoping for some advice/help.
I am not a big fan of sour dough breads but I do want to try making a starter, as a learning experience. I am also not a huge fan of waste and from what I have been reading, much of the start up requires throwing away quite a bit of dough. (Flour is expensive!) What I am looking for is advice on a starter that is very small (I am only baking for two people), with minimal waste, good flavor without too strong a sour dough taste. Right now, I have available to me All Purpose Flour (unbleached), Bread Flour and Whole Wheat Flour. Still learning how to read/understand % calculations..so please go easy on me.
Thank you ahead of time!
Update: With some help, I created my own starter :) Made these hoagie rolls today using my sourdough starter (and a touch of commercial yeast as the starter wasn't as active yesterday). The recipe called for a "Biga Naturale" which I made the day before and let it sit for 6 hours before refrigerating it overnight.
I had a bit of trouble scoring the tops (dough was very wet and my knife, not very sharp) and it was the first time I tried doing anything with a couche (I used parchment paper with flour). The rolls were a tad too close together but they came out nicely! I will definitely have to try this again! These are going to be dinner as Philly Cheesesteaks! YUM!
Thank you so much for all your help! My starter is now really bubbly and I am a very happy bread baker.