We had 2 days above 100 degrees this Summer. Only 2, I know! It's not that hot here, and never humid, and we have very few bugs...don't hate me! BUT it rains for 9 months, so stop being jealous. Anyway, what do you do in such heat? I get a sourdough starter going again. That is the only productive thing I can do.
This one is from the same book as the last, but it's made from potato water (just like my favorite pumpernickel). I had both a starter and cooked potatoes at the end of a hot day. Score!
It made my tastiest no-knead bread yet.
Gone in no time, I now make all my bread (and pizza dough, and rolls) with this sourdough starter.
Make it yourself, and see how good it is!
Potato Water Sourdough Starter
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 qt. water
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1 pkg (2 1/4 teaspoons) dry yeast
2 1/2 cups potato water
Cook approximately 3 medium potatoes in water until tender. Drain, reserving liquid. Use potatoes in a favorite recipe. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and dry yeast. Mix well. Stir in reserved potato water. Cover with a towel or cheesecloth and place in a very warm place - 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 30 degrees Celsius, for 1-2 days or until mixture becomes bubbly. Stir down several times a day. Store until needed in refrigerator in a clean plastic container with tight fitting lid. The lid must have a small hole punched in it to allow gases to escape. To replenish, add equal amounts of all-purpose flour and lukewarm water at least once a week.