Instant grits, instant oatmeal, instant coffee, instant hot cocoa mix, and I could go on. So many instant foods, but are they good for you? Of course, like anyone else, I love meals that don’t take long to prepare but are still nutritious. The problem with most of the instant ones is that they are not nutritious.
Recently, I was reintroduced to sourdough by a friend. I ordered a live sourdough starter, because it guaranteed that it would be ready to use in as little as 2 days. Starting from scratch it could take up to two weeks before being ready. I had done sourdough several years ago, but my batch died. So, when this opportunity came up I decided to try it.
SOURDOUGH IS TASTY
Far from being instant food, baking with sourdough takes much longer. Once my starter was ready, I wanted something easy. So, I made English muffins. The thing is, I had to start it the night before I wanted to use it. I took some starter, replenishing it right away, added it to flour and milk, mixed it and let it sit overnight.
The next morning, I rolled and cut out the English muffins. Then they had to wait another 45 minutes before cooking them. It was worth all the wait, because they were delicious.
My next project was for sandwich bread, which took much longer. First the mixture had to sit out overnight, then when I shaped the loaves, they had to wait several hours before baking. They also take longer to bake than when I make yeast breads, but they sure taste good.
Instant isn’t always the best way to go, though it helps when you’re in a hurry. I am enjoying this baking even though it takes longer and needs more preparation than regular breads. There are many different recipes that I am looking forward to trying. Some of them don’t take as long as the bread, but still use the sourdough starter. The two recipes I’ve tried so far have been delicious.
This post was written for #FiveMinuteFriday, where the word prompt is instant. I started out trying to just write for 5 minutes, but to be honest, it did take a little longer.