Sourdough Surprises - October

Monday, September 22, 2014

Awesome job on the cornbread, everyone! We loved seeing how varied and creative you guys are!

This month we want to do croissants! Croissants are a buttery, flaky, pastry known for its crescent shape made of a yeast dough layered (or laminated) with butter! They tend to get a bad rap for making them at home, because of the lengthy process involving rolling, and rolling, and rolling the butter into the dough. But you can definitely achieve a delicious result with just a bit of patience and elbow work, the dough itself is actually very easy to work with! Making them with sourdough starter adds just a bit of sourdough tang, and they are very delicious! We hope you like them!

We highly encourage you guys to check out TXFarmer on The Fresh Loaf for some super inspirational sourdough croissants (with recipes, instructions and tips). Please also check out our Monthly Inspiration Board on Pinterest we have a whole slew of awesome recipes for you there!
And lastly, don't feel you need to stick with a "regular" croissant, either. Not only can you play with your flours here, but you can add flavoring to the dough, and fillings as well!



To join us this month:

1. Choose a recipe and bake some delicious croissants, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on October 20, 2014
3. Make sure that you include a back link to our blog somewhere in your post (make sure it says "www.sourdoughsurprises.blogspot.com"! 
4. Follow this link: get the InLinkz code and choose the HTML code that works best for you and your blog. Copy and paste it into the HTML section of your blog. You will know you have done it correctly if you see a little blue frog face (or a blue link) appear.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!



Have a fun idea for us to do? Want your monthly creation displayed on our page? Want to join us even if you don't have a blog! Awesome! Just send us an email at sourdoughsurprises@gmail.com! 

We can't wait to see what you guys come up with! :) Have fun!
~Shelley and Jenni 



Sourdough Corn Bread

Saturday, September 20, 2014



We don't know about you guys, but our new favorite thing is sourdough cornbread! Simple to throw together, and yet so versatile with what you can do with it, sourdough takes cornbread to a whole new level!

Check out these yummy cornmeal muffins our friend Kelly made!


Please check out all the delicious cornbreads made with sourdough this month, and don't forget to stop by in a few days to see what we are doing next! :)

**Don't have a blog but baked with us anyway? Awesome! Email us a photo at sourdoughsurprises@gmail.com and we will add it!





Sourdough Surprises - September

Monday, August 25, 2014

Great job on your granola bars! We loved how much variation there is, and that no matter what you have on hand you can whip up some yummy granola bars in a flash!

This month we will be making something super yummy and perfect for fall! Cornbread! Corn bread has been around for ages, and is typically considered the cornerstone for Southern US cooking. There are several types of cornbread - baked cornbread (a quick bread that utilizes eggs, sugar, and some wheat flour), corn pone (from from thick, malleable cornmeal dough that is eggless and milk less and baked in a iron pan over an open fire with butter), hot water cornbread (dropping spoonfuls of a batter using boiling water, cornmeal and baking soda into a skillet off hot oil. This helps the crust to turn golden and crispy while the center is crumbly and mushy bread), Johnnycakes (a cornmeal based batter cooked on a skillet to make a type of pancake like bread, sometimes also called hoecakes), and hushpuppies (a thick buttermilk based batter that is deep fried to make crunchy golden brown outsides and moist yellow insides).

You can make any type of corn bread you wish here, and flavor it, too. Maybe add some cheese, bacon, or jalape├▒os? Or all three? You also have options for when it comes to baking - you can use fresh from the fridge or fed. And you can bake this as a quick recipe or let your batter ferment for 8-12 hours. Whichever you prefer! If you want some ideas don't forget to check out our Monthly Inspiration board on Pinterest!

To join us this month:

1. Choose a recipe and bake some delicious hot cross buns, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on September 20, 2014
3. Make sure that you include a backlink to our blog somewhere in your post
4. Follow this link:   get the InLinkz code and choose the HTML code that works best for you and your blog. Copy and paste it into the HTML section of your blog. You will know you have done it correctly if you see a little blue frog face (or a blue link) appear.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!



Have a fun idea for us to do? Want your monthly creation displayed on our page? Want to join us even if you don't have a blog! Just send us an email at sourdoughsurprises@gmail.com! 

We can't wait to see what you guys come up with! :) Have fun!
~Shelley and Jenni 


Sourdough Granola Bars

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Is there anything we can't make with our sourdough starters?  Breads, sure. Cookies, cakes, pastries...

Well, this month, we went with the unexpected, and you guys didn't disappoint!


Granola bars make a delicious breakfast or snack on the go, and can be modified to suit just about any taste preference or dietary restriction. And now? They can be made with sourdough!



Did you use nuts or fruits? Chocolate? Did you go chewy or crunchy?

Link up and share!


An InLinkz Link-up

And don't forget to check back in a couple of days to see what we have in store for you next month!




Sourdough Surprises - August

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lovely job on the Gozleme, everyone!

This month we are going to try something we are sure not many of you have tried. Hopefully this month humid and muggy weather won't affect your baking, and you won't need to make a lot of time in busy summer schedules, either. So what are we making?! Granola Bars!!!

Yes, that is right! You can use your starter to make a lovely little treat! You can use whatever ingredients you have in your pantry - different types of nut butters, seeds, dried fruit, nuts, spices - whatever you like! We hope you will use your creativity to create something amazing and delicious! If you need some recipe inspiration, please check out our Monthly Inspiration Pinterest page!


To join us this month:

1. Choose a recipe and bake some delicious hot cross buns, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on August 20, 2014
3. Make sure that you include a backlink to our blog somewhere in your post
4. Follow this link: get the InLinkz code and choose the HTML code that works best for you and your blog. Copy and paste it into the HTML section of your blog. You will know you have done it correctly if you see a little blue frog face (or a blue link) appear.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!



Have a fun idea for us to do? Want your monthly creation displayed on our page? Want to join us even if you don't have a blog! Just send us an email at sourdoughsurprises@gmail.com! 

We can't wait to see what you guys come up with! :) Have fun!
~Shelley and Jenni 


Sourdough Gozleme

Sunday, July 20, 2014



We are so proud of you guys! We gave you a good challenge this month - no recipe, a rough sketch in guidelines, and you guys did great! Thank you Robyn for suggesting such a delicious recipe!

We loved how easy this turned out to be (once you figured out how to do it, that is!) and how fun and delicious it made a nice lunch or dinner. It was great to discover how simple this was to make with just whatever ingredients you happened to have on hand, and tasted great no matter what you put inside it!

Please check out all the lovely gozleme that were made this month, and don't forget to check back in a few days to see what we are making  next!




Sourdough Surprises - July

Sunday, June 22, 2014

We love it that you guys are just as excited about finding new uses for your starter as we are! We also love it when you guys send us emails with great ideas for challenges! Our friend Robyn in New Zealand sent us an email all about a fun new idea that we instantly thought would make an excellent challenge!

Gozleme (if you are like us and didn't know)  is a traditional Turkish pastry dish made of hand rolled dough and filled with various things before being sealed up and cooked on a griddle. Kind of like a flatbread calzone. They are traditionally filled with a variety of meats, vegetables, mushrooms, cheese, eggs, and spices.

We found absolutely no recipes online for a sourdough gozleme, so we are going to totally create this niche! You can probably use any flatbread or bread dough recipe you want, but don't make it too involved and time consuming (i.e.: don't make a brioche type bread here!). You basically want to make a thick type dough, roll it out, put your ingredients of choice inside, fold it up and cook it on a griddle. We are definitely going into uncharted territory here, so make it up and have fun!   Since there are no sourdough gozleme recipes we can find, we will fill our pinterest board this month with other gozleme recipes so you can get an idea of the kinds of fillings you can use.

To join us this month:

1. Choose a recipe and bake some delicious hot cross buns, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on July 20, 2014
3. Make sure that you include a backlink to our blog somewhere in your post 
4. Follow this link:   get the InLinkz code and choose the HTML code that works best for you and your blog. Copy and paste it into the HTML section of your blog. You will know you have done it correctly if you see a little blue frog face (or a blue link) appear.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!


We can't wait to see what you guys come up with! :) Have fun!