Daring Bakers Challenge December 2011

December 27th, 2011

Our Daring Bakers Host for December 2011 was Jessica of My Recipe Project and she showed us how fun it is to create Sour Dough bread in our own kitchens! She provided us with Sour Dough recipes from Bread Matters by Andrew Whitley as well as delicious recipes to use our Sour Dough bread in from Tonia George’s Things on Toast and Canteen’s Great British Food!

After a busy month, which included a week away from Sydney, I had planned to make the starter dough for this month’s sour dough challenge during the week, feed it every night and then serve up a lovely sour dough bread for Christmas lunch or dinner – or perhaps on Boxing Day.

However plans often don’t go as you would like, and last week definitely did not go as planned. The day after I had made my starter dough I fell quite ill, and was unable to feed the starter for the next two nights. By the time I was actually capable of doing something constructive, I checked on the starter and found it was growing some strange moulds I really did not want to be ingesting (especially after just being sick). We took some photos of the starter, and I thought about sharing them, although it really isn’t the sort of photos people normally come to my blog to look at.

Nick and I had looked forward to this challenge so much, as Nick loves making breads and has wanted to make a sour dough bread for quite some time now. This is also the first challenge I have been unable to finish before the deadline since starting with the Daring Bakers.

I have just started my starter again, and hope to post soon with a belated Daring Bakers Challenge for December.

I hope everyone has been having a lovely December and festive season, and has been able to spend loads of time with family and friends.


  1. Jeanne says:

    I hope you’re feeling better soon! And will look forward to seeing your sourdough bread! I know how tough it is to miss a challenge. 😉

  2. Sarah says:

    Sorry to hear that you have been unwell and hope it didn’t interfere with your Christmas cooking! Looking forward to seeing your bread soon.

  3. marcellina says:

    Oh what a shame! I’m glad you are well now. This is certainly a challenge where are the planets need to be aligned, so to speak!

  4. Carol Anne says:

    Oh dear – I hope you are feeling a lot better. As someone who always falls sick at this time of year, I sympathise! I also had the same problem with my starter going mouldy, I hope your next try works out for you.

  5. Good luck with the new sourdough. I’m sure it’s worth waiting for.

  6. Beta Gal says:

    Glad you’re feeling better. Good luck with the sour dough.

  7. Happy New Year, Anita! Best wishes for you in 2012!

  8. Sorry to hear you havent been feeling well. Look forward to the belated bread post 🙂

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