Sourdough Starter Recipe
1 package active dry yeast
2 cups warm water (110 F or so)
2 cups flour
Pour water into a container. (It is best to avoid metal containers.) Add yeast and stir until disolved. Add the flour and beat until mixture is smooth. If there are lumps repeat the beating in about 10 minutes. Cover the container with cheesecloth and place in a warm location overnight. The starter is often called a sponge. It can now be used.
To get authentic sourdough taste starter should be kept going for long periods of time. This means when some is used to make sourdough bread then some of the ingredients in the starter must be replaced. Add equal parts warm water and flour.
After two days or so remove the cheesecloth, cover the container and store in the refrigerator until the next use.