I was really excited about making sourdough bread after I successfully brought a sourdough starter to life. It sat in the sunny window and then warmed by the fire. It was bubbling away and I was smelling it a couple times a day to see what was happening. Once it smelled like sourdough bread, I attempted my first loaf of bread.
I mixed everything together and set the dough to rise. It said 6-12 hours for the first rise. I was a little worried about this since the temperature in my house is not anywhere close to constant, and it can get a little chilly at night. I decided that if I started first thing in the morning that it would be fine, but it never even hinted that it was close to rising. Four loaves later I still could not get the bread to rise. Back to the internet to figure out what was wrong. But what I found was even better: sourdough biscuits!
I found a recipe for biscuits at Cultures for Health, but ended up needing to double it to make enough to feed my hungry children.
3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil or shortening
2 cups sourdough starter
First sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Cut in the coconut oil or shortening.
I find that it works best with warm, melty coconut oil. Once that is cut in, add the starter. If you have one of those amazing dough mixers that I have, it works perfectly.
Yes, it is a hand mixer. We don’t have a power mixer, or power… Next step is to knead the dough about 10 minutes. I found that I had to add a decent amount of flour. Then make a roll with the dough and slice it up. I have tried many different sizes and they all work well.
Let the biscuits rise about an hour. These can now be baked like regular biscuits. I baked mine in a cast iron skillet with the lid to my dutch oven. I preheated both pieces and cooked the biscuits slowly over a low heat.
The biscuits store well for a few days if you can make it that long. I only found this out because we made way too many for Thanksgiving. This is what we normally end up with.