Monday, January 25, 2010

Houston ~ we have a problem!

The bread was a total failure!
Sorry, I was too embarrased to take a picture!
The dough worked up lovely
but it failed to rise!
I guess there wasn't enough fermenting
taking place in the starter.
The few people I have talked with
have not had success with making a
starter either.
So, when my nose gets back in joint
I will try once again!
But, this venture was not
all in vain ~
I baked up the 'unrisen' dough
and cut it up and soaked it with some water
and fed it along with some stale
store bought bread to my chickens
and guess what?! They loved the sourdough best!
They wouldn't even touch the store bought.
And I even saw a crow or two fly by with
a nice fat piece in their beak!
I think I will try that starter again in a day or so!


Camille said...

Oh dear! Sorry to hear it was a failure! I had high hopes for this one as it has been something I have wanted to venture into as well. How fun that the birds liked it though! :)


Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I tried sourdough starter once and failed miserably. I've never again attempted it as there are so many other breads that I love and that I'm good at baking. My fragile ego is quite happy to leave it at that!

Christa said...

I didn't get a chance to try the starter again. :0) But I still want to see if I can make it work.
I'm sorry the bread didn't turn out. Let us know if you try again and it works.


The Watts Family said...

UGH bummer!! sorry it didn't work out~Blessings Heather

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Honestly, I'm trying not to be happy...but that dough starter just SCARES me so bad...tee hee...I'd have made a very meek (and hungry) pioneer!!!

I keep imagining the chickens burping delicately as that dough is digested...

Nadine said...

Oh no! Well at least the chickens enjoyed it! I know that my chickens have enjoyed quite a few mishaps from my kitchen!


Janice said...

Don't give up, you'll get there in the end.

Sharon said...

I'm sorry to hear that Raeann. The very first time I tried sourdough it was a complete mess! When bread-making in general a lot of times Barometric pressure can affect how the dough rises and if. The most recent attempt at Sourdough was using the starter recipe from Mary Janes Farm. It lasted me several weeks :)

LDH said...

Awww, sorry to hear. I know I had great expectations when I began and felt so disappointed when it failed. I made a rye bread today that used a 24 hour starter. I will posting the recipe.

Anonymous said...

Dear Raeann,

Don't give up! I remember the first tries at making bread...boy they were sure failures :)

But I know that it is not as hard as it sounds, it just take a bit of waiting ;)

Blessings dear friend,


Anonymous said...


Do try again, and let us know your secret of success. I have not even dreamed that I would make sourdough from scratch...

Jo said...

Sad to hear - better luck next time:) Roman wasn't built in a day!!!

donna said...

Sorry to hear this didn't work. What is the ideal temperature for the starter? Just curious. I might try this myself but our house sometimes gets chilly at night so I don't know if it would work. Anyway, I firmly believe anything worth having requires work. Don't give up. Just imagine how good that first bite will taste when you finally get it right.