4 Different Containers For Your Sourdough Starter

Homemade Sourdough Starter | theclevercarrot.com

Meet Dillon, my sourdough starter.

It’s an offspring from an 8 year old Australian starter, which was a gift from my friend Celia (you’ll read all about it in my book!) Together, we created Artisan Sourdough Made Simple. 

If you’re new to sourdough, a starter is a live fermented culture of flour and water. Once it becomes all bubbly and active a small portion is added to your bread dough to make it rise- no commercial yeast is required. You’ll find more detailed writing and supplemental information in my book (trust me, I could go on and on!) but for now, all you need to know is this: without a starter the whole concept of sourdough baking would not exist.

So, what type of container is best for your starter? Does it even matter? …

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Artisan Sourdough Made Simple

Learn how to make easy sourdough bread with the step-by-step recipes in Artisan Sourdough Made Simple | theclevercarrot.com

Guess what time it is?

IT’S PRE ORDER TIME!

Have you purchased your copy of Artisan Sourdough Made Simple? 

I have to tell you, I am so proud of this book.

From morphing my ghetto-fabulous kitchen into a full time bakery, to writing endless chapters out of my bedroom with a cat perched on my lap, and scouring the internet for vintage props until 2 AM (from Tasmania to be exact- I found a great shop on Etsy!), every single moment of this project has been painstakingly worth it.

You want to know why?

Because this book was a journey of the heart.

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Ali’s no-knead peasant bread

Ali's No-knead Peasant Bread | www.theclevercarrot.com

What I love about bread is that we’re constantly learning.

Let me introduce you to my friend Ali. She’s the creator of Alexandra’s Kitchen, mother of 4 totally adorable cutie pies, and author of Bread Toast Crumbs: Recipes for No-Knead Loaves and Meals to Savor Every Slice.

The book is just as fabulous as she is.

Ali’s story is based on her mother’s peasant bread which is an approachable, no-knead loaf that absolutely anyone can make.

The dough is made with instant yeast, so you can expect for it to rise pretty quickly when left in a warm spot. Then it’s shaped and divided between two buttered bowls (BUTTERED!) and left to rise again for a short amount of time. When ready to bake (and this is the cool part) the doughs are baked to golden perfection directly in their happy little bowls.

How fun is that?

What’s practical too, is that her peasant bread is the gateway to many other breads in the book including this Oatmeal-Maple Bread and this insanely good-looking Cinnamon Sugar Monkey Bread.

But as scrumptious as it all sounds, her mother’s recipe was passed down with a catch.

She was forbidden to share it with anyone.

And so for many years, she didn’t. Ali kept it a secret.

Occasionally, the bread would make an appearance on her blog and naturally everyone wanted to know how to make it.

Following her mom’s orders, she told the readers they could find the recipe on the back of a bag of King Arthur Flour. But this wasn’t really the case.

Soon enough, her readers caught on and were too savvy to bite the bait. Ali couldn’t keep the secret for any longer!

The recipe was eventually published on her blog and it was received with great success. The creation of Bread Toast Crumbs followed and the rest of the story is delicious, peasant bread history.

Ali's No-knead Peasant Bread | www.theclevercarrot.com

I’m incredibly excited to share this recipe with you not only because I love bread, new methods, and fun techniques, but I’m inspired to support the work of a fellow bread baker and good friend.

So let’s make some peasant bread, shall we?

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