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Sourdough Experiments

cristina.w's picture

Sourdough Experiments

Hello! This is my first post on TFL, after a year of following along as I've begun bread baking. I'm looking forward to participating occasionally and enjoying this wonderful community! 

I started a liquid levain on January 1st, and named him Munchkin. He's contributed to a number of sourdough loaf experiments with darker flours. Both loafs pictured were from a "pain de campagne" recipe I adapted and had great flavour!  

I thought this time to try a lighter loaf, and tried dmsnyder's "San Joaquin Sourdough" formula. As a relative newbie to sourdough, I didn't think my first attempt would be so delicious. I was so impressed with the wonderful crumb, and though I wished for a nicer ear and shape, the crust blew me away as well!

I'm already so grateful for the wisdom on this site, and thanks to David for the recipe! 



mwilson's picture

Nice looking loaves. Welcome.

Perhaps your experiments will lead you to try a firm sourdough starter at some point...

Enjoy this forum,


cristina.w's picture

I think I will definitely try a firm starter at some point. Not sure if I can commit to another pet just yet though!

Thank you for your comment, Michael! 

Lazy Loafer's picture
Lazy Loafer

Welcome, and do continue to participate. The more the merrier!

That is indeed a nice chewy, glossy-looking crumb. Yum... :)

dabrownman's picture

of the many fine recipes you cn find here for a thousand and 1 or 10,000 and 1 different breads.  Yours look very nice indeed.

Happy baking 

cristina.w's picture

Thank you both!