Troubleshooting Your Sourdough Starter

Troubleshooting Your Sourdough Starter | theclevercarrot.com

Without a doubt, the most intimidating aspect of sourdough baking is understanding its key element: the starter.

What is a sourdough starter you ask?

Simply put: a starter is a live fermented culture of flour and water. Once it becomes bubbly and active a small portion is used to make your bread dough rise- no commercial yeast is required. It’s a technique that can be traced back thousands of years when instant yeast was not yet available to bakers.

Doesn’t sound too scary, right?

But there’s a catch……

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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 set for an overnight rise.

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? Why won’t your sourdough rise?…

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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

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Ahh… sourdough 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 way too sweet for my taste and all that heavy, sugary glaze made me nauseas.

And plus, with all the recipes out there (and there are tons) I thought to myself: does the world really need another cinnamon roll recipe?

Isn’t it too cliché?

Apparently not.

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 unnecessary steps and ingredients!

Are you ready friends?

Your step-by-step guide awaits!…

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