With the colder weather in our near future here is a recipe that will help out with that.
Basic Sourdough Batter (Makes about 5 cups batter)
2 cups cold liquid culture 3 plus cups white flour 1/2 cup cold water 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup milk
Mix the liquid culture with 2 cups of the flour and the water. Proof 12 hours at room temperature (68° to 72°) or 6 hours in a proofing box at 85°.
Add the salt, sugar, and butter to the milk and mix. Add to the dough and mix well. Add the remaining 1 cup flour and mix vigorously. The yield is approximately 3 1/2 cups of basic sourdough batter.
Corn Batter Bread
This is not your standard corn bread. The sage, celery seeds, and cornmeal give the sourdough base an earthy quality.
Basic Sourdough Batter 1 teaspoon ground sage 2 teaspoons celery seeds 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
Combine the sourdough batter, sage, celery seeds, and cornmeal in a large mixing bowl and mix well.
Spoon the batter into two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2 inch pans. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and proof 3 hours at room temperature or 1 to 2 hours in a proofing box at 85°, or until the dough rises 1/2 inch above the pan tops.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350° for 45 minutes. Remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack.
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