Laurie’s Sourdough Story
Laurie’s Sourdough Story
A firm foundation: any endeavor in life should be based on it. And that includes all the loving baking that you’ll be doing for your healing table.
In sourdough bread, that foundation is the starter and where YOUR sourdough story begins.
I learned this the hard way. When I first started making bread, starter was a big stumbling block for me. I was committed to baking sourdough, but I just couldn’t bake a soft, versatile, tasty bread. Time after time, I tried to produce a beautiful, tasty loaf that my family would be thrilled to eat. But it just wasn’t working, and my family wasn’t eating it.
I still have visions of my first starter and baking attempts — too hard and too sour for humans to consume — turning to rejected lumps in my compost pile. And that was after the dog and the chickens had attempted to eat it!
And why bother with all that? After all, you can make the most nutritious food in the world, but if your loved ones don’t eat it, what’s the point?
It drove me crazy! What was I doing wrong?
Along came Dick the Baker. He was a professional and cemented in me the determination to practice, practice, practice until I got the product that I wanted. And, more importantly, he shared his amazingly, delicious, soft, freeze-able, and versatile sourdough bread — miles better than everything I had tasted so far.
What was his secret? Well, to start with, he had a firm foundation: a wonderful starter.
It was a grape-based, flour and water concoction, given to him fifteen years before. When I first saw it, the starter was happily bubbling away, giving off a wonderfully fruity and earthy aroma. It was aged, one of a kind, delicious — unlike any starter I’d ever encountered.
What a tremendous gift it was for him to share this starter with me!
Dick also taught me the correct flour/water ratios, proportions, and starter care. He emphasized that practicing one attempt after another would shorten the learning curve and get me where I wanted to be.
And he was right. Within three weeks, I had mastered the process. But more importantly, my family LOVED the bread. And that’s what it’s all about.
In the years since then, I’ve experimented with other starters and other sourdough techniques, but none have matched what Dick originally taught me. And the many students to whom I’ve taught this method confirm — over and over — that they achieve the same delightful results for themselves.
So click here to get our best advice on finding your starter. Then, once you’ve found it, take care of it. Learn its history. Follow the exact instructions you learn in the Foodwifery Sourdough Class. Keep it pure. Always save some back. And keep the line going! Teach the process to — and share the starter with — your children and your friends. Tell them your sourdough story… and help them add their own stories to it. Love is, after all, why we do all of this.
Be encouraged in your healing table. Happy baking!