Three on Thursday – Sourdough Edition

Today I’m joining Carole for Three on Thursday to share three sourdough recipes I’d like to try (or try again, in one case).

Constance 3.0 is doing well! The purple rubber band indicates her height after her last feed, so she’s grown quite a bit and is very bubbly! I’ve been using a 1-liter Weck jar that I love – the mouth is good and wide so discarding and feeding have been a cinch. It looks like these jars are sold out on amazon right now, so I think I got mine right in time!

I’ve been feeding her twice a day for 2-3 weeks and trying to use as much of the discard as I can. I hate throwing it away considering that she eats 2 cups of flour a day and I don’t want to waste it. I’m not sure when I’ll stop the twice daily feeding and put her in the fridge, but I know I’ll need to soon. I’m starting to feel overwhelmed by all of the feeding and the baking but I’ll completely forget about her once she’s in the fridge. That’s just how my life is. Out of sight, out of mind.

Before I kill Constance a third time, there’s a few more things I want to make.

Sourdough Popovers

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Have you ever had the opportunity to eat popovers on the lawn of Jordan Pond House on an early summer day? If you get a chance, take it! You will never regret it. Jordan’s Pond was my introduction to popovers – hot and fresh from the oven with gooey butter and jam. I like an iced chai with mine and my husband goes for the lemonade. But friends, it’s been years since we’ve had a Bar Harbor trip so it’s definitely time to recreate these at home. I’m not sure how sourdough will translate — popovers are light and airy and I haven’t had a lot of “light and airy” successes with my starter yet!

Sourdough Cinnamon Buns

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Why would you buy cinnamon rolls in a can when you could spend 9 hours and 30 minutes on a batch at home? The choice is obvious! All joking aside, my husband and I make tons of King Arthur’s regular cinnamon rolls during the winter months and we’re looking forward to a pan or two of their sourdough version as well. Yes, it’s a longer process, but that’s the appeal of sourdough baking to me. Things are done in stages, which makes it more approachable!

Extra Tangy Sourdough Bread

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I’ve made this recipe twice in the last week and it hasn’t come out quite as I’d hoped. The tang is definitely there, but the bread has been dense and a bit undercrooked for each version. The directions say the first rise should create a light and airy dough with visible air bubbles but that hasn’t happened for me despite letting it rise for 7+ hours each time. So I’ll keeping feeding the starter and trying this recipe!

Our stand mixer broke a few weeks ago so I’ve been doing everything by hand and I think that’s why my watch has given me so much exercise credit lately! But I’m definitely going to need to force myself to do a bit more exercise given all of this baking that’s starting to pile up on our counter.

What’s your favorite homemade treat – sourdough or not?


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  1. Weck jars + homemade cinnamon rolls! Bliss. One of my favorite homemade treats lately is a chocolate-filled croissant. My neighbor fell in love with an almond cream recipe recently, so I think I better start working THAT into a croissant, too. I’ve never done sourdough popovers, but I made some with whole wheat pastry flour many years back–and I remember they turned out just fine, but of course a bit heavier. Enjoy!

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    1. I’ll be over in a few hours for a cinnamon roll then! :p Good luck with your sourdough. Have you named your starter? I think that helps its confidence and with the rise. !


  2. Cinnamon rolls look fantastic, I’d love to pop by for a roll and a cup of coffee, social distancing or not! But that’s not going to happen seeing how I live on a different continent. I love baking yeast breads. What people don’t understand is you aren’t actually doing something during the rising time. Enjoy your baking!

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    1. That would be lovely, Gretchen! The rising time is the draw for me – I need to be able to take the breaks and do other things or there would be a full scale revolt in my home!


  3. I think you could slow down on that feeding now but I’m not sourdough expert and I got a well established starter from my friend back in early March. I’m going to check out that recipe for popovers!

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    1. I hope you’re right about slowing down the feeding. I should look into it but that feels overwhelming – there’s a lot of contradicting sourdough advice out there. People are passionate!!


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