The Bread Baker’s Apprentice – Sourdough
Sourdough is officially the thorn in my side. This loaf was my 3rd try at the Bread Bakerâ€™s Apprentice version. I tried it when I first bought the book and it broke my stand mixer. Granted, it was no Kitchenaid but it wasnâ€™t exactly a dinky mixer â€“ it did make brioche for me. I threw my starter away after that and vowed not to try sourdough again. Then I joined the BBA group and knew Iâ€™d have to try again. I made another starter and ended up with flat, hard sourdough. My starter had failed me. The starter was working fine on itâ€™s own so I wasnâ€™t sure what happened. For the sake of the challenge, I tried again and added a tiny pinch of yeast to the dough. It did the trick but Iâ€™m still feeling like a sourdough failure.
I made this bread a couple months back and since then Iâ€™ve had to throw that starter away. Iâ€™m working on yet another starter to finish out the sourdough breads in the book but can I tell you how frustrated I am by sourdough? I consider myself a fairly decent bread maker and itâ€™s super annoying that thereâ€™s a bread I just canâ€™t conquer.
The bread was good. Not as sour as one that had been made with only wild yeast but it was still obviously sourdough. I would actually love to make it again once I get my starter issues worked out.