Right before the Pandemic shutdown, my coworker brought in a loaf of freshly baked sourdough bread. Chef-turned-nurse, this wasn’t the first taste of her culinary expertise. But on this momentous occasion, she brought in ripe avocados, a variety of oils, and seasonings, and put together the most amazing avocado toast for our team. My bread-making experience is minimal, limited to no-fail bread machine recipes. So when I asked her for the recipe so I could make some of that sourdough goodness that evening, I was in for a rude awakening. After a dizzying discussion around sourdough starters, I drove to my local grocery store and picked up a loaf of bread, never looking at it the same way again. The task seemed daunting, so I put it out of my head. But my Facebook and Instagram feeds were constantly daring me to endeavor the feat of making bread from scratch. And then I received an email from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse that would give me the head start (ahem starter) I needed to make fresh bread.
It seemed easy enough. Two ingredients and five days to a fresh loaf of bread. But if it seems too good to be true, it usually is. My first endeavor to make a sourdough starter failed miserably. So I used a bread starter kit from Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Four weeks later, my sourdough starter is active and thriving. I’ve made several loaves of bread and used the sourdough discard for pancakes, banana bread, and cinnamon rolls. Here is how it works:
The kit includes the dry ingredients you need to make your bread starter and first loaf of bread. You’ll also receive very detailed instructions, a recipe, and a QR code to watch a video that details the process.
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No yeast? No problem! We made our first from-scratch bread over the weekend thanks to @mrholmesbakehouse You can pick up a bread starter kit on their website, and in a few days, you’ll have a fresh loaf of bread 🥖. PS This is the kit that keeps on giving since the starter will last for a long time if you feed it well! Questions? Drop them in the comments. #mrholmesbakehouse #quarantinebaking #fromscratch #freshbread partner
If you care for your starter well, you can make “1,000,000 loaves of bread” according to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. You can choose to feed your starter, or put it into dormancy until you are ready to use it. This is the gift that keeps on giving.
Who knew that yeast would be flying off the shelves as quickly as flour and toilet paper? Thankfully, you don’t need a single packet of yeast to make fresh sourdough bread…ever!
We enjoyed this bread right out of the oven, then sliced what was left for sandwiches. Admittedly, I never purchase store-bought varieties of sliced bread because I don’t find that they have the fresh, home-baked flavor and texture I expect from a bakery. Mr. Holmes Bakehouse makes it easy to make fresh bread without having to worry about the logistics of making a sourdough starter. Be sure to check out their other kits including a Brioche and Bagel Kit, a Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit, and a Pasta & Garlic Foccaccia Kit.