Lalvain starter: answer to all my sourdough questions

P5080178After too damn many failed wild-yeast sourdough starters, I officially gave up and ordered Lalvain pain de campagne dried sourdough starter from King Arthur. Just 1/8 tsp of the dried starter mixed wtih flour and water makes a sponge in 12 to 24 hours, and the sponge keeps, refrigerated, for up to 7 days.

P5090181I tried the recipe provided by King Arthur along with the starter, as well as a similar recipe from Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Bread Bible. Beranbaum’s recipe resulted in a slightly tastier loaf–probably because I added a little rye flour to the sponge.  Both renditions featured  thick brownish red crust, a crumb full of holes, and excellent mild sourdough flavor.  I can’t wait to try this with white whole wheat flour!

2 thoughts on “Lalvain starter: answer to all my sourdough questions

  1. Celeste, so glad you were successful with this. There’s nothing like a good loaf of bread, eh? Congrats – PJ Hamel, King Arthur Flour baker/blogger

    • Wow–PJ Hamel! On my blog! I agree; there’s nothing like a well-made loaf. On a related note, I sure wish King Arthur would bring the traveling baking demos to the Gulf Coast.

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