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Watch the All About Sourdough video

In today’s vodcast, I chat all about sourdough, including how to make any baking recipe into a sourdough recipe!

Get to know more about using sourdough starter and making sourdough bread in the following blog post sections:

These conversational vodcasts are available to the Kitchen Pioneers who have joined my YouTube membership community—The Traditional Foods Kitchen Academy.

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In addition to links to the latest Kitchen Academy vodcasts, this blog post lists some of the public videos that I talk about in my vodcast.

How to Use Sourdough Starter Instead of Yeast

If you have been with me awhile, you have probably seen my earlier videos where I showed you how to make a sourdough starter and sourdough bread. But what if you have a favorite recipe that calls for commercially packaged yeast, and you want to turn it into a sourdough recipe?

Sourdough Starter in Bowl
Sourdough starter in a bowl

No problem! In today’s vodcast, I share how you can substitute packaged yeast with sourdough starter in pretty much any bread recipe. Now there is a bit of trial and error involved, and I delve deeper into this topic in my member vodcast, but a basic rule of thumb is that for every package of yeast called for in a bread recipe, you’ll replace it with one cup of sourdough starter.

But hold on! I know what you’re thinking. Mary, there are only a few teaspoons of yeast in that package, but I am replacing it with an entire cup of starter! Well, that is correct, and that’s where the trial and error part enters. But it’s easier than you think.

Round Sourdough Bread Boule
Crusty Sourdough Boule

Generally, bread recipes have a flexible list of ingredients, including the measurements for flour. For example, many recipes may call for 4 to 4 1/2 cups of flour. So when you replace your packaged yeast with your sourdough starter, start with the lowest amount of flour and reduce the liquid called for by about a half-cup. You will most likely have a dough that is very consistent in texture with one that followed the original recipe.

Next, you need to think about the rise time. Whatever the original recipe calls for, you will have to—at a minimum—double the rise time. But once you master the correct rise time, you’ve created a sourdough recipe, and you’ll be ready to bake your sourdough bread!

How to Use Sourdough Starter with Quick Breads

Now that we’ve covered yeast-risen breads, what about quick breads? Remember when I earlier talked about trial and error. When it comes to adapting a quick bread to a sourdough quick bread, trial and error will become your best friend. But it will be worth it!

Trial and error play such a big role in adapting quick bread recipes because there are so many different variables when it comes to quick breads. The easiest way to adapt a quick bread is to find one that calls for sour cream. Sourdough starter can easily take the place of sour cream in any quick bread recipe because both are acidic. You can also adapt quick bread recipes that do not call for sour cream, but you will need to experiment with adjustments in both the wet and dry ingredients.

But whatever recipe you are trying to adapt, the question arises, do you need to add baking soda or baking powder? If you decide you want to add baking soda or baking powder, you will be using your sourdough starter more as a flavor enhancer than as a rising agent. And that’s OK if you don’t want to create a “true” sourdough recipe.

So what do you do if you want to use your sourdough starter as your rising agent and omit baking soda or baking powder? Well, there is a second question involved…will your quick bread still be “quick?” If you rely on your sourdough starter to act as your rising agent, you will need to allow your batter some rise time before going into the oven. How much rise time? Great question! Did I mention trial and error? 😉

Sourdough Starter and Sourdough Bread Recipe Videos

If you’re new to sourdough and you find the thought of sourdough a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. I have a number of detailed videos on how to make a sourdough starter, as well as how to make a variety of sourdough breads. I’ll walk you through the process step-by-step.

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