When I was a child, our neighbor man had a bread machine and we were his guinea pigs for trying the bread. One day he made us a loaf of sourdough bread. I thought it was the nastiest bread I ever had. Now when I’m given white bread, I’m like, “Where is the flavor?”
What was the difference? The bread he kindly made for us was called sourdough, but that was nominal. It was made by dumping a package of “stuff” in a machine. The bread my mom makes is also called sourdough but it is made from natural wild yeast.
Sourdough is the oldest form of leavened bread in the world. Wild, live yeast is floating in the air and can be caught with flour and water and become your sourdough starter. That is used to make amazing, flavorful bread, waffles, English muffins and many wonderful foods. Because this yeast is a natural creation of God, it is better for our bodies and gives us great nutrition.
Enjoy the following recipe and feel free to ask how to get your own sourdough starter!
Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls
Makes 24 Cinnamon Rolls
1 C. Active Sourdough Starter
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 C. Sugar
1/3 C. Butter, melted & cooled
1/4 C. Milk, warm
1 tsp. Yeast
3-4 C. Flour
Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add yeast to warm milk and let sit until foamy; about 5 minutes. Add to sourdough mixture. Slowly add flour until you have a soft ball that is not sticky. Knead until elastic. Let rise in bowl until double or all day. Roll dough out and spread with soft butter and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll tightly up length wise, and slice into rounds. Grease pans and place rolls in. Cover and let rise overnight. Bake at 400F degrees for 12-15 minutes. Spread with your favorite icing and enjoy!
This is our favorite cinnamon roll recipe, as it stays super moist! – Damarus
2 thoughts on “What’s Sourdough? + Cinnamon Rolls”
All right, since you invited me to ask: How do I get my own sourdough starter? 🙂 I had one, years ago, but mismanaged it and it went bad. I know from that experience, once you have starter, you can have it indefinitely. Since my mom is mildly sensitive to gluten, I’m interested in trying it again and doing more with it.
I’m so glad you asked! You can email me your address at email@example.com and I will send you some of mine! Another tip, even if your starter is all dried up, you can add equal parts of water and flour and it should come to life!