Sourdough crackers and breadsticks



Last week I made another sourdough starter, this time following the method in Paul Hollywood’s ‘Bake’ book, which uses flour, water and grated apple. I can tell you now, it grows and grows, it’s a sight to behold! The recipe states that the apple should be organic – mine was not organic I’m afraid, but the recipe still worked very well. 
I get so excited watching starters develop their first bubbles and then grow and grow, gaining even more bubbles and volume. There was no stopping this one, Bodicea III, she almost grew before our eyes. 

During the development, you are required to throw half of the starter away before feeding her and leaving her to further develop; I just couldn’t cope with throwing any away, this was the baby I had nurtured! So I looked for ways to use up lots of starter, I’ve already made three different sourdough pancake recipes so decided to try something different. 

As fate would have it, on the day I needed it, the Kitchen Witch posted this recipe for seeded crackers – perfect! She used a rye flour starter and rye flour in the recipe – my starter is not rye based and I did not have any rye flour so I used strong white flour and my white flour starter and it still worked beautifully. I also didn’t have any poppy seeds, so I used black sesame seeds instead. 

They are so tasty! TOO tasty to be honest!! Whilst baking them, my neighbour knocked on the door to ask if I was baking…she reckoned she could smell it through the wall!! And yes, she tried one and gave them a thumbs up 🙂

I also decided to try making some breadsticks as Ben loves them and found this recipe which worked well. 

Aren’t they fab? I was so proud!!! I made breadsticks! (I know, I’m easily pleased…!) I kept bouncing around the kitchen in glee – just call me Tigger!! 

I hope you are all having a good week so far, see you tomorrow for this week’s ‘What would you feed me?’ post from another special blogger…xx

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43 thoughts on “Sourdough crackers and breadsticks

  1. Ginger

    They look amazing! My sourdough method, luckily, doesn’t require me to throw away any of my starters, but that means I’ve never had to think about crackers. They look so delicious, I might even feed my starter a little more next time, just to get some surplus …

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  2. M-R

    You never cease to amaze me, Elaine ! – even though I believe nothing you come up with will surprise me, it so often does ! 🙂 And I mean only that you are so endlessly creative, MSPF !
    I’m going to begin to start commencing to take another look at sourdough. It occurs to me that to do its oneself just might be better than the endless commercial kinds …
    X !

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you so much for your lovely words, my lovely friend xx
      I’m having lots of fun with making sourdough, I love seeing the starters grow and develop. I just love the sense of achievement and knowing that my boys are only eating bread that I’ve made 🙂 x

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  3. FrugalHausfrau

    Fantastic! I have only ever heard of crackers made with soda! They look wonderful and the breadsticks look so very professional! Ben must have been quite proud to have found the recipe and quite proud of his Mum!

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