If you tried out the technique we shared earlier this week for easy homemade bread and want to bolster your baking chops, you'll definitely want to check out this detailed guide to homemade sourdough bread.
Laura and Barb, the two sisters behind the culinary blog My Sister's Kitchen, post an excellent and detailed tutorial on homemade sourdough. It isn't as simple as some of the other bread recipes and bread baking techniques we've shared in the past, like the aforementioned easy homemade bread, or five-minute quickbread, but based on the rave reviews their technique has received, we think you'll find it worth the extra effort. While it's a bit more intensive than some of the other methods we've covered, it's still quite economical:
A very important detail to note is that this method makes extra large loaves that are approximately 4.5 pounds each. Each loaf costs only $US0.68 to make. That is sixty-eight cents. I buy flour and yeast in bulk, so it's possible that if you buy your ingredients at a regular grocery store, your loaf might cost twice that....a whopping $US1.36! As you'll see, that's for a loaf that's about 3 times the size of a loaf of grocery store bread.
They have a step by step tutorial on Instructables, linked below, and then a companion post on their blog with additional information about sourdough, creating your own sourdough starter, and various recipes. If you bake your own sourdough bread, due either to thrift or refined taste, we want to hear about it in the comments below.
The Best Sourdough Bread, Ever. [Instructables]