This week: Bread recipes, how to cultivate your own yeast, sourdough starter and more

Certainly, we can all agree that the past weeks have been taxing. Fear of what the future holds and social distancing is a difficult pill to swallow in 2020. I posted recently on social media that this will be the time when everyone learns to bake bread. Twenty or thirty of my friends shared photos of their bread-related baking on my thread.

Many people were looking for sandwich bread recipes (online recipes). The photo above is from Brown Eyed Baker for her favorite white bread recipe which is one of my favorite recipes. Those new to baking were on the hunt for yeast as supermarkets and online vendors were sold out. After doing some research on creating your own yeast, I found the following video very helpful. I am going to start my own jar this week.

New bakers were looking to begin their own Sourdough starter and experienced bakers were baking up Sourdough English muffins and other recipes using their discard. What is discard and why should one throw away a good portion of the starter that they so lovingly feed and nurtured? Unless some starter is discarded, the starter requires so much flour for feedings that it becomes unmanageable. Cultures for Health has a great post on hydration levels and using your sourdough discard.

A few of our favorite bread baking cookbooks:

London bakery Bread Ahead is hosting live baking tutorials on Instagram and King Arthur has some great videos on all types of baking.

This Week on our Blog

Since our last roundup, Darcie has written articles on the following topics: food related websites offer free access, news that chef Michel Roux has died at age 79, the best spring cookbooks according to Epicurious, taking on complicated projects now, and how to support local businesses (including cookbook stores). Darcie’s weekly food news antipasto is shared every Sunday (#foodnews brings up these information-packed posts).

This week I shared my Best Cookbooks of Spring 2020 and continue to update my 2020 preview post with new titles and links to author events (always double-check as many of these events have been postponed or canceled). Our latest Quick Bites features Melissa Clark, be sure to check it out!

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Member Photo of the Week

Spanish rice with chorizo, beans & pumpkin from Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavours by Diana Henry submitted by member grindabod

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Featured Online Recipe

Orange cream pie from The Kitchn by Erin Jeanne McDowell

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  • dvhirst865  on  March 20, 2020

    Hello EYB Folk. Just to share, there are several very active threads on all things sourdough at This one, Demystifying Sourdough Bread, may be of special interest here. Several posts discuss ways to use “discarded” sourdough starter, and some describe sourdough maintenance in terms of zero discard approaches. There’s much to read and understand. Also, check out the blog entry: Challenging Sourdough Convention – it provides some very useful insights to how sourdough baking really works. Have fun, stay healthy!

  • Jenny  on  March 20, 2020

    My bread baking friends and I also refer to it as “discard” but it is “discarded” sourdough. The basic information in this blog post is directed for those new to bread baking and I didn’t wish to overwhelm. I am not an expert by any means – but I did cite reliable sources. Thank you.

  • eliza  on  March 20, 2020

    Thanks Jenny for the sourdough info. King Arthur Flour has a collection of about 35 recipes that use discard. I never could throw it out so I usually add it to my tortilla/flatbread dough.

  • readingtragic  on  March 21, 2020

    The Washington Post has a great recipe for No knead English muffins, which I made today – super easy and no sourdough starter.

  • goodfruit  on  March 21, 2020

    Ironically I am reading this article with a fresh slice of homemade bread made from starter from Artisan Bread Everyday by Peter Reinhart!

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