Eight Acres - the blog — sourdough

Using a sourdough cake starter for everything

Feb 07 2014 0 Comments Tags: cake, fermented, sourdough

Since I first recieved my sourdough cake starter "Herman", I have been enjoying experimenting with using it to make cakes, pancakes and biscuits (cookies).  I can adapt just about any recipe to Herman, and he adds a slight sour tang and creates a light fluffy batter.  Here's what I do to adapt a recipe, just use all the same quantities, but combine them in a different order:
  1. Melt the butter in a...

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Sourdough biscuits (cookies) - adapting a recipe for sourdough

May 17 2013 0 Comments Tags: biscuit, fermented, Herman, real food, sourdough

Since I got my sourdough cake starter, I've been having fun experimenting with other uses for it.  I can be adapted to all sorts of sweet recipes, and as we don't eat a lot of cake, that is a good thing!

mixing up the dry ingredients, the butter and some starter
When I first received the starter it came with all these instructions about how to feed it and look after it. This included feeding it...

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Sourdough pancakes

May 03 2013 0 Comments Tags: Herman, pancake, real food, sourdough

I have been keeping my sourdough cake starter in the fridge and every couple of weeks I take it out and either use or discard half of the starter and refresh with flour, sugar and water.  The other day I really felt like pancakes, so I thought I'd try making sourdough pancakes.

I really just made up the recipe from the Edmonds cook book(so you could just use your normal pancake recipe), but left...

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A sourdough cake starter called "Herman"

Feb 15 2013 0 Comments Tags: cake, fermented, Herman, real food, sourdough

My friend gave me a bowl of sourdough cake starter, called "Herman".  A bit of a google revealed that this cake starter has been around for a long time, maybe not this particular starter mixture in my kitchen, but the idea of this cake starter has been circulating since the 1980s or earlier.  There's actually an entire websitedevoted to it, as well as lots of newspaper articles and forum...

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The home-made bread compromise

Jun 01 2012 0 Comments Tags: bread, fermented, sourdough

I came home from the sourdough and fermented food workshop and I wanted to try to make my first sourdough loaf right away, before I forgot what to do! Why am I so keen on sourdough? Well its the traditional method of making bread that was used before "bakers yeast" was isolated. It can be made from only flour, water and sourdough starter, so is a very sustainable method as long as flour is...

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Sourdough and Fermented Food Workshop

May 25 2012 0 Comments Tags: fermented, fruit wine, Nourishing Traditions, pickle, sauerkruat, sourdough

I have been waiting to do this course for SO long!  Elisabeth Fekonia is a practising permaculturist who grows and produces much of her own food on her property at Cooroy, Sunshine Coast, QLD.  Among other things, she runs workshops on cheese (which we went to last year) and sourdough and fermented food. Since I did the cheese workshop and learnt so much about fermented food from Elisabeth, I...

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