I am still enjoying my sourdough starter and trying new things.. and making some things again.. like the other day I made sourdough French bread again to go with our spaghetti dinner.. oh yum!
My latest adventure was banana bread.. that was fantastic! I am patiently waiting for my current bunch of bananas to give me so over ripe ones so I can make this again. And I made sourdough pizza crust.
Here are the recipes….
Sourdough Banana Bread
1 cup cane juice crystals or white sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
½ cup proofed sourdough starter
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (aka soft white wheat)
1 t baking soda
2 or 3 ripe bananas, mashed
Combine cane juice crystals (or sugar) and olive oil in a mixer. Add sourdough starter and mix. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour batter into a loaf pan and bake at 375 for 40 to 50 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
For the pizza crust I converted my own pizza recipe into a sourdough recipe and it was very good! The night I made pizza I made one of each: one regular crust and one sourdough.. the sourdough crust pizza was eaten up first!
Sourdough Pizza Crust
Makes 1 crust
1 cup sourdough starter
¼ c warm water
1 to 1 ¾ cups whole wheat bread flour
1 ½ T olive oil
3/4 t Italian seasonings
1/2 t chopped garlic
In a mixer such as a Bosch or a Kitchen Aid sourdough starter and warm water. Add 1cup of flour and all remaining ingredients. Mix dough well adding the extra flour until the dough will not stick to the sides of the bowl. Knead for about 4 minutes in the Bosch and 6 to 8 in the Kitchen Aid.
Let the dough rise until doubled in size. This may take a few hours depending on the temps of your kitchen and your starter.
Punch down dough and shape into a ball and roll out to fit a 14 inch pizza pan. Let rest for about 20 to 30 minutes.
While the dough is resting preheat oven to 475. Bake crust for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Return to oven and bake another 10 to 15 minutes until pizza is done.
If you would like info on making your own sourdough starter and other sourdough recipes you can find that here: http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/sourdoughstarter.htm