If you’ve tried to buy yeast lately, you know it ranks up there with toilet paper in hoarded items. I have several packets that are nudging their expiration dates, but mostly we’ve turned to making sweet or sourdough breads. ( Update: Found yeast this morning at Price Chopper!!)
The Bread Baking Craze
Honestly now, sourdough takes a bit of nurturing. But think of it this way. Anything that keeps you in the kitchen these days gives the dog a rest from all that walking you’re doing together.
When I talked to my neighbor, Martha, this week, she was making her first sourdough bread using her mother’s starter recipe. Her nieces in Georgia were turning out loaves and rolls as well. Bread baking is a popular past time for the home bound, who are now able to give the yeasty mixture the TLC it deserves. Ingredients are few and simple: flour, water, time and warmth.
Here are links for making sourdough. Two of the best: New York Times and King Arthur Flour. Robin makes King Arthur’s No Knead version.
Not only do bread makers bake and enjoy their creations, they send photos to each other for inspiration. Oh, the bliss of a crusty loaf.
In the Kitchen with Sourdough Starter
While you’ve got time on your hands, you might consider making some dough—sourdough, that is.