In you live anywhere in the vicinity of Starkville, Mississippi, you may soon be the recipient of a luscious loaf of sour dough bread.
Brenda just brought over a jar of sour dough starter for home made bread. She gave me a loaf last week and I broke my flour fast to savor the wonderful taste. I also almost went into cardiac arrest, it was so delicious.
Back in the 70s, we got on the kick of making what we then knew as “friendship bread”.
The starter is passed from house to house and generation to generation. It is the key ingredient for the bread which is so simple, it’s ridiculous. You just add flour, a little sugar, 1/2 cup oil and one cup of the starter. It requires very little kneading and it makes three loaves.
I have visions of cave men killing their neighbors for a coconut full of the starter. Wonder what they used for the instant mashed potatoes?
Since I’m not eating white bread these days, I will be forced to supply the city with my loaves.
The only drawback is that it’s like having another pet in the house. The starter must be fed (on sugar and instant potatoes) and watered every 3-5 days. Then you must bake bread, or I guess it dies. Thankfully, I don’t think you need to take it outside every four hours.
I’m going to experiment with whole wheat and flax seeds. If you want to be on my friendship list, be nice and let me know.