Why Won’t My Sourdough Rise? {and what you can do to fix it}

Why won't my sourdough rise? {and what you can do to fix it} | theclevercarrot.com

Imagine this: you’ve got a beautiful bubbly starter, you’re ready to make the dough, and everything is all set for an overnight rise on the kitchen counter.

Easy, right? You’ve followed the recipe to a T! Nothing could go wrong. Except, when you wake up the following morning the dough has barely risen at all. Maybe only a few inches. The dough is cold, dense, and sort of lifeless (just like your mood).

What gives?…

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How to Make Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls {a step-by-step guide}

How to Make Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls {a step-by-step guide} | theclevercarrot.com

Ahh… cinnamon rolls.

Soft, feathery scrolls of luscious sweet dough filled with swirls and swirls of cinnamon sugar… I mean c’mon people! This is what cozy Christmas mornings are made of!

I must confess however, I wasn’t always a fan.

Traditional cinnamon rolls were always too sweet for my taste and all that heavy, sugary glaze made me want to wallpaper my bathroom instead of eat it. And plus, with all the recipes out there (and there are tons) I always thought to myself: does the world really need another cinnamon roll recipe? Isn’t it too cliché?

Apparently not.

Because interestingly enough, many of you have requested a sourdough version. And here are 3 reasons why you’ll want to make these scrumptious beauties right now:

  1. SOURDOUGH. It lends a lovely (not sour) flavor that will make you weak in the knees. Just ask my Dad- he didn’t say a word when he ate his first one.
  2. MAKE-AHEAD. I’ll give you two fool-proof schedules to fit this recipe into your busy life, including Christmas morning.
  3. EASY. You know I don’t mess around with unnecesseary steps and ingredients!

Are you ready friends?

Your step-by-step guide awaits!…

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No-knead Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Bagels

No-Knead Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Bagels | theclevercarrot.com

I never thought I’d bake bagels at home.

Why bother when you can just buy a dozen from the store on Sunday morning? I’m from New York where we have access to some of THE BEST bagels in the world!

After creating and testing hundreds of recipes for Artisan Sourdough Made Simple I had a change of heart.

Turns out, the fuss of making bagels was all in my head. The process is surprisingly therapeutic, the results are tastier than store-bought (when is the last time you even had a sourdough bagel?), and the dough itself is super easy to handle for many reasons:

  • a.) you don’t have to knead it.
  • b.) it’s so dry, you can basically shape it however you want.
  • c.) if you mess up just let it rest and try again.

And that boiling part you’re secretly dreading?

Yes, yes, yes, you need to boil the bagels prior to baking to set the crust… but it’s easy! If you can make ravioli you can boil bagels at home.

So here we are, with a brand new recipe which is a twist on my Sunday Morning Bagels from the book.

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