King Arthur Flour Sourdough Bread and Giveaway!
*WINNER* JENNY OF MAD RANTINGS OF A MIDDLE CLASS MOM!
Jenny – contact me at [email protected] with your information and we’ll get this shipped to you ASAP! Congrats again, and thank you everyone for your entries!
In this installment of the ongoing saga of “Carbs and the Czech Girl” (this would be an Oscar nominated movie, I’m sure!) I wanted to share the joys of sourdough with you.
Sourdough, the one true bread.
Clam chowder just wouldn’t be the same in any other bread bowl, wouldn’t you say?
With the carb kick ongoing, I wanted to share the eternal joy of sourdough with you and with a little help from the fine people of King Arthur Flour, one lucky reader will be able to share in the exhilaration of bread baking on their very own! But more details on that later, promise.
King Arthur Flour was kind enough to send me the set up required to put together the perfect sourdough at home, including a starter with origins dating back to colonial America! 250 years! I’m sorry but if that isn’t the very definition of romance in baking, I don’t know what is!
So with my starter, I began – as you do at 5am. No, beginning at 5am is not a requirement. I just get up for work at an ungodly hour and this was my first chance to put my starter to work. To prep my little starter, “he” was given the necessary flour and de-chlorinated water to begin his yeasty journey.
Yeast + flour = bread destiny.
It’s an undisputed fact.
With a dough whisk in hand, the starter was combined, covered, and set aside to meld.
After a full day of brewing and bubbling he came out positively gassy, as he should have been. Perfection, indeed.
Regulating the pH of the starter was the next necessary step and then I began the work of preparing the dough.
With flour here, yeast there, and a glob of stater I was off to the races. Using the dough whisk I kneaded and beat the dough into delicious submission. It was quite the workout. I can only contend that anyone making a a few dozen loaves of bread a week in this fashion would soon end up with the forearms of Angelina Jolie. It’s intense stuff! And it made me value my Kitchen Aid all the more. But dang is it empowering when you realize you can do this on your very own and have a product that is absolutely divine.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred time – this is an empowering process.
With a whisking and a kneading done, it was time for a rest. For me and the bread.
After and couple hour rise, the dough was ready to be split into two loaves, risen again and finally – baked.
With a razor sharp knife and the courage of my convictions, two cross slices were placed in the top of each loaf and they were ready to go. Into the oven and onto a baking stone they went. And 25 minutes later they came out golden brown, sour to the smell and crusty as only a good loaf of artisan bread can be.
And even if it’s not holed out and filled with chowder – a slice toasted and slathered with butter is just fine by me.
Now – for the extra fun bit! The fine people of King Arthur Flour, the beacons of bread baking, have decided to provide a set up for sourdough to one lucky reader! The winner will receive a fresh sourdough starter, a dough whisk, a coupon for a free 5-lb bag of their All Purpose Flour and of course the recipes and how-to’s so you can recreate loaves of sourdough in your very own home for months, nay – YEARS to come!
Share the joy of crusty carbs and bread baking empowerment with your friends from the company that knows bread best!
To Enter: (mandatory entry)
Tell me and King Arthur Flour – What is your favorite type of bread?
For additional entries:
Like King Arthur Flour on Facebook.
Follow King Arthur Flour on Twitter.
Like Wanna Be A Country Cleaver on Facebook.
Follow Wanna Be A Country Cleaver on Twitter.
Follow Wanna Be A Country Cleaver on Pinterest.
Pin this giveaway to Pinterest with the handy “Pin” button at the top of the post!
Tweet about the giveaway with, “Win a Sourdough making kit from @KingArthurFlour and @Countrycleaver! http://homemadehome.com/?p=708”
That’s 8 entries total. Mighty fine odds there folks!
*Now for the fine print* – Leave a comment for each of these entries and you’ll be registered to win. The giveaway will end on Monday, February 6th with the winner being contacted by me via e-mail, announced on the Wanna Be A Country Cleaver Facebook page and tweeted to on Twitter. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information, or a new winner will be chosen. All products were donated by the wonderful people of King Arthur Flour, the leaders in everything carby and delicious. Be sure to show them some much deserved love.
Over and out! Good luck!
My favorite kind of bread? Homemade 🙂 Not sure I could narrow it down more than that. One of my resolutions this year is to be more adventurous in the kitchen. Trying out sourdough would definitely fit that bill!
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Sourdough is definately my favorite bread…if it’s whole wheat sourdough all the better!!
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Your sourdough bread looks amazingly delicious
I just bought King Arthur’s Flour for the first time on Friday (yeah I know – under what rock have I been hiding). I haven’t used it yet but will be doing so tomorrow. I’ve heard great things about their flour so I’m hoping it lives up to all the rave reviews.
I wish it was bread I was making tomorrow (making cookies) but I have yet to conquer my fear of yeast. I so badly want to try my hand at brwad baking so hopefully I’ll do so and my bread can come out as lovely as yours!
I love honey whole wheat bread. I found a great recipe and it’s wonderful fresh out of the oven.
Whole wheat bread made with honey and olive oil…crusty French baguette..bagels….what’s not to like!
omg yum. i LOVE that kings hawaiin bread.
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Follow you! I love Pumpernickel bread 🙂
Toasted challah with gobs of organic butter. Thanks, Megan, for organizing this giveaway!
And I now follow you on Twitter, m’dear!
My favourite type of bread is a real French baguette – with creamy brie. Yum!
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I also like Wanna Be A Country Cleaver on FB!
And I’m following you on Pinterest.
Greek bread with lots of sesame seeds.
your bread looks tasty. i have always been too scared to try one of the sourdough starters. seemed like too much effort and dedication. what can i say, i’m a lazy housewife.
you beautiful photos make me want to gobble this bread up; and i’m not a carb person.
My favorite is a sourdough English Muffin in the morning – toasted and schmeared with real butter and homemade jam. There’s nothing better.
Hey, Megan! I pinned your giveaway @HeyNanaBread on my Breads & Quick Breads pin board.
Yum, that looks fabulous! I like pretty much all bread! A couple favorites are challah and good crusty baguettes.
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I tweeted about your giveaway, but I’ll be honest. If someone else wins because they followed that tweet link, I’m gonna be miffed! heh heh 🙂
And lastly, I tweeted the giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ChicGeekery/status/164003370292609024
I love five seed bread! YUM!
I adore rye bread the most, I think. Anything I can get at a Jewish deli, basically. I’ve also wanted to try to make my own sourdough bread, so this post is right up my alley!
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potato bread – yum!
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Rye bread. I am the only one in my family that likes it – seeded or with seeds, either way – so I have to bake it myself.
Challah bread is the best! 😀
I love a rustic sourdough boule right out of the oven!
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I love bread so to pick one favorite – very difficult! I’m going to go with Honey Whole Wheat from Great Harvest Bakery, toasted and with peanut butter on top.
Love, love, love tomato basil bread from amish bakery.
Sourdough! Hope Canadians are eligible, too!
A piece of baguette from Panera with lots of butter.
My favorite bread is Ciabatta! So crusty and the imperfections of it always make it perfect. Love to eat with olive oil!
Without a doubt, sourdough is my favorite bread! I’ve had issues making it in the past and would love to try again.
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I love love love a good salty onion rye, with large pieces of onions baked right in.
I love rye bread!
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My favorite type of bread is challah, though I do love a well-made baguette.
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I love sourdough!!!, I also pinned, facebooked you and king arthur!
My favorite type of bread is ciabatta! So crusty and airy…yum!
Any bread that is warm and homemade is my favorite!
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I like King Arthur Flour on facebook. Actually it is the only flour I use for baking. I am spoiled.
I love rye!
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My favorite bread is one I make – half bread flour, half spelt, and some of the water gets replaced with Orange Blossom water. It’s lovely w/ jam.
My favorite bread is sourdough! This is a fabulous giveaway! thank you for the opportunity!
Oh, Megan! My favorite bread is Artisan Sourdough–no lie! The tangy slightly sour crumb with a chewy, flaky crust puts me over the moon every time.
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I’ve Liked King Arthur Flour on Facebook for-evah! I use their flours exclusively!
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Megan–I pinned this post onto my Fueling My Food Obsession pinboard on Pinterest.
Of course I follow you on Pinterest, too!
My favorite type of bread is a baguette. Even better when it’s got a little piece of stinky cheese sitting on it!
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My favorite kind of bread is the croissant, next best is Asiago cheese loaf.
My favorite Bread is sourdough but I’ve never had good luck making my own starters. This would be fool-proof!
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I follow you on FB, that’s how I found out about this giveaway :0)
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Thank you for this giveaway, I love me some artian bread, or banana nut bread.
Love just plain crusty hot italian bread!! [email protected]
A good crusty french bread.
My favorite bread is potato!
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I loooove sourdough and french bread. I’ve been wanting to make it but just haven’t had the chance yet!
I have to pick just one?? How about warm out of the oven any variety slathered with real butter…..yummmmmmmmmmmm
Favorite bread: focaccia bread
Favorite bread – homemade oatmeal from More With Less cookbook.
Always, Always, Always – and for many years – always use King Arthur flour.
My favorite bread – a very whole grain with lots of seeds!
Jenny – Congrats on winning the King Arthur Flour Sourdough Stater Giveaway!! I’m so thrilled that you will be able to share this carby delicious joy with your friends and family. I hope you and your son will have some great together time with this project. Bless his heart and yours. Contact me at [email protected] with your information and we’ll get this goodie bag sent right to you. 🙂 ~Megan P. aka Country Cleaver
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I follow you on FB & Pinterest & my favorite bread is Sour Dough so this would be great!
100% whole wheat with lots of seeds & nuts!
A crusty black Russian Rye
I already like King Arthur Flour on FB. Eagerly waiting on their catalog to arrive.
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My favorite bread is a homemade buttermilk biscuit!
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I love crusty French Bread.
Anything homemade…. Pinned it. I already like King Arthur, that’s how I found this. Can’t wait to read more.