|Nikki Heat needs stirring every day|
|Cover sourdough with a towel as it needs to breathe.|
After naming this creature Nikki Heat for detective Kate Beckett on the television series, Castle, I even had to arrange for a friend to care for and feed the beast when I went out of town. Miss Nikki Heat, sourdough starter, has made a place for herself on my kitchen counter.
My family is starting to love her.
|Already I had to move to a bigger bowl, and the plastic lid on top of the towel keeps the dough from drying out.|
The down side is also the upside. Lots of yummy rolls, as often as I want to make them, so long as I plan ahead. Down, because our weight could go up. Up, because Nikki makes magnificent rolls.
And at last, after numerous iterations, I have perfected cinnamon rolls made from this sourdough.
Here's how to make the dough for either dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls.
|Measure 2 c. all purpose flour into bowl|
|Add to flour 1 t. salt|
|Next add 1/4 c. oil|
|then 1/2 c. water|
|to this you will add sourdough mixture|
|scoop out 1 c. of sourdough mix|
|goopy looking stuff|
|That's it. Just 5 ingredients|
|See how clean the sides of the bowl look. Smooth the dough with spatula. Such an easy dough to work with.|
|Cover and let rise in a warm place|
The starter my friend gave me has been in her family for more than 25 years. Imagine stirring and feeding a starter for 25 years. I thought that had to be a record until I read that the Boudin Bakery in San Francisco still uses its original starter, used there since 1849 (see sourdough link above).
This recipe calls for feeding with 1 c. flour, 1 c. sugar and 1 c. milk, twice a week. Whisk and add to original mixture. Unless you use a lot, you have to give some away, which is how Nikki came to live at our house.