Social Distancing with Sourdough

by Lois H. (they/them or she/her)

I was gifted a sourdough starter last summer. I made two loaves of sourdough bread and then promptly forgot about its existence in the back of my refrigerator. Then I started working from home.

After the first few weeks of social distancing, I noticed an increase in sourdough bread-related posts on social media. Friends and internet strangers posted their freshly baked loaves. News sites started reporting on a surge in bread making. Apparently, it was time to rescue my starter from hibernation.

Despite my neglect, I found a healthy living starter with a copious amount of hooch. I resumed a feeding schedule and started preparing my starter for baking.

By the time my sourdough starter was ready, however, the internet had quickly moved on to a different type of baked good: banana bread.

Not to be discouraged, I thought, “Why not both?” Why not sourdough banana bread?

With the audiobook of Sourdough: or, Lois and Her Adventures in the Underground Market: A Novel by Robin Sloan playing in the background, I got to baking. (I couldn’t resist, okay, the main character has the same name as me and it’s about sourdough.)

As it turns out, I am not the first person to discover sourdough banana bread (I used this recipe). It is, however, extremely delicious and the perfect way to fill time while you’re waiting for your bread dough to rise.

What have you been baking or cooking while staying at home? Let me know in the comments!

If you’d like to jump on the bread bandwagon with me, Sno-Isle Libraries has a selection of digital cookbooks available through OverDrive. Here’s a list to get you started:

Social Distancing with Sourdough

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2 responses to “Social Distancing with Sourdough”

  1. spiffycookie says:

    Thanks for using my recipe! I’m glad you enjoyed it

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