Sourdough starter has a reputation for being
tricky to use and keep around, but it’s really very simple and only requires two ingredients. Hi! I’m Zoe Francois – and I promise you this
sourdough starter will be soooo much easier than you think! This recipe is from my book “New Healthy Bread
in Five” / but you can get it for free by clicking the ‘i’ in the top right corner. So all you need is two things – flour – and
water! See – I said it was simple! Mix them together in a large bowl. You can use just about any flour, but do make
sure it isn’t bleached. Go with all-purpose, whole wheat, rye or a
combination. Cover it loosely with a lid or plastic wrap. Air containing natural yeasts needs to able
to get into the container, but not so much that it may dry out. Now just let the starter sit on the counter
for the next two days – how easy is that? As it sits there it’ll have time to collect
all the yeast it needs to become “active” – in other words produce carbon dioxide… On the 3rd day you should see some bubbles,
albeit small ones. Stir in more flour and water. Cover the container loosely once again and
let it sit. Repeat this process on day 4,
and again on day 5 and again on day 6! By now your dough should look foamy and active
because of all the gas bubbles that the yeast has been creating in the starter. On the morning of day 7 activate it again
by adding – guess what – more flour and water Now, you’re ready to use your foamy, active
starter! Don’t be alarmed if your starter looks brown
and sludgy – that’s totally normal. Now just use it as directed by the bread recipe
you are following. Remember, you can keep your starter until
you are ready to use it. You’ll be able enjoy fresh-baked sourdough
bread any time you want! Who knew that such delicious bread could come
from flour, water and air! It’s like magic! Thanks for watching, and don’t forget you
can click the “i” in the top-right corner of this video to get the FREE recipe I’ve
been using in this video or to learn more baking techniques.