Monday, October 25, 2010

Sourdough Biscuits

Sourdough biscuits were a delicacy whether on the trail or at the ranch. Once a cook got a good sourdough starter he cherished it like a baby. On the trail he would store it in a dark, cool place in his chuck wagon.  There are several ways to make sourdough starter: Here is one cook's recipe for a sourdough starter.
2 cups of lukewarm potato water
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
Make potato water by cutting up 2 medium-sized potatoes into cubes, and boil in cups of water until tender.
Remove the potatoes and measure out two cups of the remaining liquid. (The potatoes can be used for the evening meal.)
Mix the potato water, flour and sugar into a smooth paste.

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1 comment:

  1. You must allow for fementation. Starter is made by allowing the wild yeasts to ferment. It seems you have all the ingredients, but you need to stand it covered somewhere warm for a few days until it ferments. Then use that to mix in with you dough. When the dough has risen nicely, save some of it for your next baking session. Some baker's starters are old and very treasured.