Sourdough Hot Cross Buns

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Who knew how awesome hot cross buns could be?


You guys definitely proved that these treats should not be kept to one week a year, but that they are delicious enough to enjoy year round. We loved the variety you guys came up with! 


Check out all the awesome hot cross buns that you made this month, and don't forget to check back in a few days to see what we are doing next!




Sourdough Surprises - April

Saturday, March 22, 2014

"One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns!"

Did you ever learn that song growing up? We sure did, and we think that Hot Cross Buns would be an excellent challenge this month! It only makes sense that since we did something relating to March last month that this month we do something relating to April, right? If you have never tasted one, a hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun, usually with dried fruits like currants or raisins and marked with a slightly sweet flour paste cross on top. They are mostly popular during Easter time, but they are delicious all year long, and are definitely worth trying, no matter your religious preference. 

As always, feel free to use whichever recipe you like. Feel free to use any combination of spices/dried fruits that you like, and if you would like to mark your buns with something other than a cross I am sure that would be ok, too! If you need some inspiration/recipes, 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 April 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.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!


Sourdough Irish Soda Bread!

Thursday, March 20, 2014


How much fun was it to add a little bit of sourdough to our St. Patrick's Day??


We love how easy it ended up being to make an Irish Soda bread! A great, quick, and delicious use for some excess starter. Irish Soda breads definitely need to be made all year long, not just in March! These are simple breads, but you can enjoy them plain, with dried fruits, or with seeds as well, and they are delicious no matter what you pick!


And what could be better than that? Easy use of sourdough discard? Versatile and delicious? Perfect!

So link up! And check out all the other amazing Irish Soda Breads that we made with our starters, and don't forget to stop back in a few days and check out what we will be making next!

Our friend Andie made these delicious Sourdough Irish Soda Rolls! 





Sourdough Surprises - March

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Awesome job on your monkey bread and pull aparts, guys! They all looked so amazing, and since there were so many different varieties made, you guys should be monkey-ing around months! But make sure you save time for this month's challenge! (And soooo sorry about all the trouble we had with the linky tool! Thank you for all being so patient and helpful while we sorted it all out! Hopefully we have solved all the issues for next month!)

Typically we try to stay away from just straight bread here, instead trying to show you all the amazing things we can create with our starters besides bread. But this month we thought it would be fun to try an Irish Soda Bread! Even if March doesn't scream green beer and shamrocks, soda bread is still a delicious addition to your table!

Soda bread is typically moist, dense, and a little crumbly. It is a rather low gluten bread (since it typically relies on buttermilk and baking powder instead of yeast), so here your sourdough will play more of a flavoring role than a leavening agent. Some people like adding a variety of seeds or raisins or currants. Or neither, the choice is yours!  For inspiration and recipe ideas, please check out our Monthly Inspiration board on Pinterest!

To join us this month:

1. Choose a recipe and bake a delicious soda bread, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on March 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.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!


Can't wait to see your loaves!


Sourdough Monkey Bread

Thursday, February 20, 2014


Monkey bread has always been fun, but this month we really turned it up a notch!


Sweet ooey gooey goodness with the stregth of sourdough? Doesn't get much better than that! And with all the different flavor possibilities, this was really a fun one.

So link up! And then try not to drool as you check out all the amazing deliciousness that we created this month!



An InLinkz Link-up

And don't forget to check back in a couple of days to see what sourdougn awesomeness March has in store for us!



Sourdough Surprises February

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are you still drooling over all of those amazing focaccias?? We sure are! You guys really outdid yourselves this month and we are so glad to have you all baking with us!

So what in the world could follow that? How about for February we have a little fun?  And what could be more fun than monkey bread and pull apart bread?

For anyone unfamiliar, monkey bread is a sticky, ooey, gooey kind of pull-apart bread, with little balls of dough rolled in a cinnamon/sugar mixture and baked together, often times in round (tube or Bundt style) pan. Oh, and did we mention the sweet, sticky syrup? Yup, many recipes call for a delicious, sweet, buttery, sugary syrup to be poured on top before baking.

Didn't we tell you it would be fun!

Many recipes for monkey bread use tubes of pre-packaged biscuit dough as the base. Not us! We are going to use our sourdough starters to make delicious, sweet dough to create our monkey breads. But other than that, the rest is up to you! Do you want to go "classic" with cinnamon and sugar? Do you want to get "nutty" with chopped nuts added in? Do you want to add fruit? Or maybe chocolate? Make your monkey bread your own and make sure you have fun!

Check out our Pinterest Monthly Inspiration Board for all kinds of ideas and recipes for monkey bread and pull apart bread!

So are you ready to get baking? Let's do it!

How to participate this month:
1. Choose a recipe and make a fun, ooey, gooey monkey bread or pull apart bread, utilizing your sourdough starter!
2. Take some photos and blog about it on February 20, 2013
3. Make sure that you include a backlink to our blog somewhere in your post (you need to make sure you include both the "www." and the ".com" in the link in order for the linky tool to work!)
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.
5. Make sure you enter your post into the linky tool on reveal day so everyone can see what you have made!

Let's monkey around!



Sourdough Focaccia

Monday, January 20, 2014



If you weren't a huge fan of focaccia before, I bet you are now! Turns out focaccia is a really simple and delicious bread to make, with sooo many options for flavorings! We loved how simple and delicious it was and we hope you did, too!!



So let's see 'em! What did you make this month? Link up your focaccia so we can all see (and drool) over all the amazing recipes!






And don't forget to come back in a few days so you can find out what we are making next!