A Book Review of Sourdough Every Day by Hannah Dela Cruz
We love sourdough at my house, but I have always found it a little difficult to make successful sourdough bread at 9000 ft. elevation. I recently found a new book called Sourdough Every Day by Hannah Dela Cruz. I decided to give it a try because it seemed to be highly rated on Amazon. It is turning out to be a great sourdough cookbook for bakers that want easy-to-understand instructions.
I have only had the book a few weeks but so far I am really liking it. It has a great little introduction that walks you through creating a sourdough starter. The author also includes tips for using the starter. She also starts with a recipe for a beginner’s sourdough starter.
A Great Variety of Sourdough Recipes and Easy-to-Follow
Dela Cruz includes a great variety of recipes for you to cook with your sourdough starter. There are 55 recipes for rustic breads, sandwich loaves and fluffy rolls, filled breads and buns, flatbreads from around the world, fermented pasta, noodles and dumplings, crispy crackers and breadsticks, breakfast recipes. decadent cakes, cookies and brownies, and pastries and tarts.
The recipes are divided into how many days it will take you to make, as some sourdough recipes usually take more than one day. Each day’s instructions are not divided by number but paragraph sections. The paragraph section does seem pretty small and easy to follow.
The pictures of the finished products are beautiful.
My Experience with Sourdough Every Day
My family loves sourdough waffles and pancakes so I decided to start with a double portion of the Liege waffles. I intended to freeze half. They are so filling that I thought they would last us a while. We finished them in two days.
Liege waffles are apparently typically made with pearl sugar mixed in. The author did say that white chocolate could be substituted, so I used that instead because I had Lily’s White Chocolate Chips on hand. And that was amazing…but, I am going to order the pearl sugar because the chocolate did melt and get all over the inside of the waffle maker. And they had to be reheated in the oven versus the toaster because of the chocolate. Which isn’t a big deal. I just would like to have some frozen waffles on hand that the kids can put in the toaster on a busy morning. If we like the pearl sugar version we will do both kinds. This is going to be a regular recipe around here.
I will update this post when I try some of the other recipes. And next time I will take pictures. We ate them too fast for me to get any decent pictures, lol.
If you are interested in making sourdough and looking for a sourdough cookbook for bakers that want easy-to-follow instructions you will enjoy Sourdough Every Day. Check it out!