Will my sourdough sponge wear out before I get to bake with it?
October 4, 2009 6:59 PM Subscribe
Sourdough baking and time management: Did I start my sponge at the wrong time? I have a nice looking sponge, but I won't be able to bake until after work tomorrow (20 hours or so). What should I do with it, at this point?
posted by chowflap to Food & Drink (11 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
So, I have started some sourdough starter about a week and a half ago. It was nice and bubbly and smelling fine, so today, to make a sponge, I mixed it with a cup of bread flour and a cup of water about 8 hours ago, and it's looking pretty good. At this point, you're supposed to mix a portion of your starter with more flour, a bit of water, and oil, and knead it into a nice bread dough. But I need to go to bed soon. Should I put the sponge in the fridge to slow it down, then make the dough before work tomorrow morning, and let it rise until I get home (9 hours or so)?
Or, should I mix up the dough tonight, and let it rise until after work?
Or am I letting my yeast feast and peak too early, and should treat this sponge as a huge starter (going back a step, basically)?
I've read the other AskMes about sourdough but none answered this exact question for me. Obviously, I am very new at sourdough... Thanks for your help!