That simple combo of flour, water, and yeast sitting in a jar upon the counter produced a soured sweetness just waiting to be so much more!
Dwelling in '49er country (the Gold Country, that is -- I'm no fan of football team sports) I wanted to find a recipe that would have a touch of history to go with this soured-dough. So I perused our shelves in search of pioneer cooking. I immediately pulled this gem off the shelf. I purchased this at Sutter's Mill -- the site of the first gold sighting responsible for launching that famous fevered RUSH.
Alas, only a recipe for sourdough pancakes. I had a hankerin' for sourdough biscuits, so I pulled the next selection down.
I struck gold! Mrs. Boast explains sour dough when she serves up a batch of delicious biscuits to Laura in By the Shores of Silver Lake.
Now, I must confess I goofed a bit on the recipe (I failed to read the recipe fully before starting) and I didn't exactly follow Mrs. Boast's lead with the baking instructions (I used my oven rather than a skillet over flame), but the results pleased my family just fine. Naturally I chose to use whole wheat flour, rather than the white flour that pioneers toted to the frontier -- but, I did use Prairie Gold flour. ; D
Just to be safe, I baked a batch of whole wheat buttermilk biscuits -- but the sourdough won out as everyone's first choice. I ladled chicken livers with milk gravy atop those sourdough biscuits. Yummy!