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Sourdough: Science, But Not Rocket Science

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David Marcus
Sourdough doesn't have to be a ton of trouble, taking more of your time than your kids do. Here are some links to videos and websites -- with recipes -- that ought to help you have fun with sourdough, and relax about the whole thing.
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Very easy and uncomplicated. Made with all purpose flour, sourdough starter, butter and a little honey.

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Getting started with your starter

Want to birth your starter? Let's just relax and not overthink things.

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Watch this one if you want to realize how flexible sourdough is, and the degree to which one can break what seem to be the Rules of Sourdough Engagement.

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He's a little intense, and he really likes to measure, so this isn't for everyone. But his advice is good!

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Think You've Killed Your Starter? Think Again

Here's news from The Department of Nothing Is Impossible!

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Needless to say, you can! Here Jack rehabs a neglected starter in one day. Just remember he measures temps in Celsius!

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How to Discard Without Ever Discarding!

Make the most of your sourdough starter discard with an easy, one-bowl chocolate sourdough cake. It's great with coffee and a perfect foil for ice cream, even if you don't frost it.

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The absolutely best and most fudgy sourdough brownies recipe made with discard. Lots of chocolate taste and complex fermented notes.

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Got fresh discard this afternoon? With some time, but not too much effort, you can have fresh cinnamon rolls tomorrow morning.

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Sourdough Discard Crackers are thin, crispy with that amazing tang. An easy, no-roll recipe.

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Four easy cracker/chips recipes set to relaxing music. The brownie chip one is killer.

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Fabulous scallion pancake (which you can easily transform) using sourdough discard and not much else.

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Easy and time-flexible recipe, with kind of a charming video, if you like kids. The writer mentions special parchment paper for holding the tortillas before cooking; you don't need it as long as you r…

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Another quick and easy take on the sourdough discard tortilla, from a woman with a 45-square-foot kitchen.

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Recipes and Recipe Websites

You say you've never made sourdough bread? Here's your first recipe, with nicely detailed instructions.

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An easy sourdough loaf with a perfect crust and deliciously chewy interior.

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A crusty, no-knead sourdough bread with a delightfully soft texture and deliciously tangy flavor. Super simple and tasty.

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The easiest breakfast pizza is made with super quick sourdough crust, melted cheese, crispy bacon, veggies, and eggs baked to perfection.

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Sourdough coffee cake is a deliciously sweet, sourdough, vanilla cake layered with a cinnamon filling and topped with brown sugar crumble.

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A pretty easy and (relatively) quick German rye with no kneading or stretch-and-folds. Easily shaped, too.

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Slightly Advanced-Class

Excellent oven spring is what every baker aspires to when baking sourdough bread. During my own journey of successes and failures, I’ve learned over time …

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You can make any bread recipe by substituting sourdough starter for the yeast and adjusting for the flour and water in your starter. Here's the formula.

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Do you really have to do a discard-and-feed on your starter before baking bread? Well, not if you're willing to take a little more time and go for a tangier taste!

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An easy and flexible approach to sourdough bread, clearly explained, with video.

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Does your bread recipe want you to spend a few hours stretching and folding your dough as it proofs? Here's an option that speeds the process (and is kind of fun). You can use it with any recipe.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

This is totally advanced-class, but the video is too interesting to pass up if you have any interest in how some bakers think of sourdough.

The writer doesn't suggest using a food processor to make th…

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