KAF Sourdough Flavor
I'm sure other people have reviewed this, but I'm so pleased with this product I had to create a post. I cultivated my own sourdough starter about 4 years ago. I don't know if it's because I'm in suburban Denver (6000 ft) or what, but I could NEVER coax any flavor out of my breads. 2, 3 day retards, maybe a little...definitely nothing like california breads. In fact, I could really not tell the difference between my SD breads and straight breads. Even poolish were better. I tried once adding citric acid to my bread, great flavor, but wrecked gluten a bit.
I was thumbing through the KAF catalog recently and came across the "Sourdough Flavor"...decided it was worth a try. I made Peter Reinhardt's straight dough baguettes using 1/2 the recommended amount of KAF Sourdough Flavor (yeah, they try to oversell I think). Holy cow...I was blown away! Flavor was amazing, texture was spot on, color was a beautiful golden brown (my SD's always came out more of a grayish-brown). I love it so much I decided I was sick of caring for my starter and tossed it (a little sniff, since it was a living thing).
Love the stuff!