Sourdough starter

Sourdough starter

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  • Makes 4 cups
  • Easy
  • 5 days


  • 300 g Eureka Mills rye flour
  • 300 g Eureka Mills white bread flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups water
  • To feed the starter, mix:
  • 300 g initial starter mixture
  • 300 g Eureka Mills white bread flour
  • 3⁄4 cup water

Cooking Instructions

To make the initial starter, mix 300 g Eureka Mills rye flour, 300 g Eureka Mills white bread flour and 1 1⁄2 cups of water place all the ingredients into a glass bowl and stir vigorously until combined into a smooth batter. Scrape down the sides and loosely cover the bowl with clingwrap. Place in a warm area in the kitchen and allow to stand for 24 hours.

To feed the starter, mix 300 g initial starter mixture, 300 g Eureka Mills white bread flour and 3⁄4 cup water place the feeding ingredients into a bowl and mix until smooth (discard the remaining initial mixture). Cover and place in a warm area for 24 hours. Repeat this process for 5 days.
The starter should be bubbly, even frothy. It should also smell quite sour and pungent. It’s now ready to use.

Think making your own sourdough starter is too difficult? Think again. Okay, it takes a while, but the result is totally worth it. Plus, your friends will be seriously impressed.
Wild yeast is present in all our; you simply have to “activate” it to make your own starter so that you don’t have to use commercially produced yeast when baking. All you need is our and water. After a day or two, bubbles will start to form in the starter, indicating that the yeast is becoming active and multiplying. Feed it with more our and water for about five days (depending on the conditions in your kitchen) until it becomes frothy and ready to use.

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