Sourdough Pizza Dough

Everyone should have a ball of sourdough pizza dough in their refrigerator. Learn more at TwiceasTasty.com.
A wise chef once said everyone should have a ball of pizza dough in their refrigerator—and I think that’s doubly true for sourdough. The recipe I share this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon has so much going for it. It’s straightforward, relatively quick (for a low-knead, long-ferment dough), and has so many uses, including one of my new favorite recipes: garlic knots.

You can make this dough with bubbly active starter that’s begging to be used, or you can make it with lackluster starter that wants to be refreshed before you attempt bread. The dough can sit in the fridge for up to 3 days and bake up beautifully; it also freezes well. All you need is some flour (I use two types for better flavor, but you can stick with just all-purpose), water (unchlorinated is best), salt, and starter.

How do you get starter? I’m giving away my personal starter to help you jump-start your sourdough adventures. The 5th Annual Sourdough Giveaway runs through January 31.
Learn to make Sourdough Pizza Dough and Sourdough Garlic Knots

Overnight Sourdough Pancakes

 I make lots of sourdough pancakes—to jumpstart my starter and because they’re so tasty. Learn more at TwiceasTasty.com.
Got starter? If yes, you’re likely all set to make the recipe I share this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon. If no, get some of my starter and get in on the fun! The 5th Annual Sourdough Giveaway runs through January 31. Learn how to get free starter here.

When I was gifted my original starter in 2014, it didn’t wake up quickly, like the dehydrated starter you’ll receive from me. It had been lurking in a refrigerator until it was in full hibernation mode. It lacked the rising power necessary for a loaf of bread. As I cared for it, the starter became stronger and bubbled more quickly. In the process, I removed weaker starter that wouldn’t power a loaf of bread but could be turned into delicious pancakes.
Learn to make Overnight Sourdough Pancakes and Sourdough–Yogurt Pancakes

5th Annual Sourdough Giveaway

I’m giving away sourdough starter through January 31, 2022. Learn more at TwiceasTasty.com.
It’s January, which means Sourdough Month here on Twice as Tasty—and the 5th Annual Sourdough Giveaway! It’s hard to believe that I’ve been sending my sourdough starter out into the world for so many years. I’ve been committed to sharing my starter every January since I started the blog, with additional packets distributed during the extended giveaway last year and occasional random requests throughout each year. Twice as Tasty starter has now traveled to Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Slovenia, and throughout the United States.

This year, I’m excited to share sourdough starter across the world but also closer to home. I’m offering my starter and will be sharing sourdough recipes all month through my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon, as well as here on the blog. Request your starter by January 31 to get in on the sourdough adventures.
Read more about starting with sourdough

Sourdough Bagels

Many commercial operations make soft, fluffy bagels. You can do far better at home. Get sourdough recipes at TwiceasTasty.com.
My first attempt at sourdough bagels followed our backcountry adventure last summer: it was a win for its poke bowl and huckleberry sourdough pancakes but a loss in the bagel department, when I had to resort to supermarket bakery “bagels.” Our county’s only bagel shop closed years ago, so the only local option was closer to squishy rolls than chewy, dense bagels. I started testing my own version as soon as we returned home.

Some research revealed the main problem: many commercial operations steam their bagels. It’s quick, cheap, and easy to automate for massive batches, but the bagels are soft and fluffy. (I’m not even sure the supermarket went this far; more likely, they took their hamburger bun dough and poked a hole in the center.) As with soft pretzels, bagels really want to be immersed in boiling water before baking. Boiling the dough lets its starches gel, forming a firm crust that surrounds a dense interior after baking. Without this step, you’ll end up with a texture and flavor closer to a bread roll. Although some bakers swear by a water bath spiked with honey and others go au naturel, I find a soda bath, similar to the one used for Sourdough Pretzel Bites, adds flavor and color.
Learn to make Sourdough Bagels and Bagel Breakfast Sandwich