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Before Christmas I had been making sourdough bread and we were really enjoying it and then I put my starter in the fridge to keep it alive during all the Christmas preparations.  When I got it out I forgot to feed it and it went off, really off, I was wondering what the BAD smell was and you guessed it, it was my starter. So off to the chooks (chickens) it went, I was attached to it, but not that much.

About 2 weeks ago I started another one and it has been bubbling away merrily.  As I was going about my business around the blogosphere I came across a sour dough pasta post and I thought I just had to give it a go.

I started my starter by using equal amounts of flour and water daily for a week before using it.  After a week you should see clear signs of fermentation.

I’ve made some bread with it using whole wheat flour (ground it myself) but it wasn’t quite right, so I will try again adding a bit more white flour.

I haven’t really made pasta before so I was thrilled that I could use my starter.

My starter

Anyway I found a pasta recipe, tweaked it to suit and it was great.  I did need to make the noodles thicker than normal but they tasted great and were nice with the bacon and vegetable sauce I made to go with them.


Here’s the recipe, give it a go if you have time and don’t worry that they may not look store bought – that isn’t the point.


  • 1 cup sourdough starter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • pinch salt

Place your flour in your mixing bowl and add starter, eggs and salt, and mix until it comes together to form a ball.

Allow the dough to sit (covered) for a few hours or overnight (I left mine overnight).


When you are ready to make your pasta just put the dough onto a floured surface and knead a little until smooth.  Roll out as thin as you can and slice into whatever size noodle you like.

Your noodles are ready to cook now or you can dry them out on the counter.

Keep an eye on these noodles as you are boiling them as they will boil over if you aren’t careful (learnt that one from experience).

This amount of noodles served our family of 3 adults and 2 children quite nicely.

Then after the noodles turned out so well I thought I’d give pizza a go to take for our beach day last week.

Sausage pizza made with our own sausages.

This was yummy even though we ate it cold and it was great reheated the next day for lunch.


  • 3 cups of starter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (and a little for brushing)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups flour (maybe a little more if needed for the right consistency)

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until it comes together to form a ball.  If the mixture is too dry add more starter and if too wet add more flour.

All the dough to rest for 30 minutes or more and when you are ready to make your pizzas roll the mixture out on a floured surface until the desired shape and thickness.

I got four pizzas out of this amount, two to eat straight away and two to freeze for another day.

TERRIS CAMERA 2 367I did rectangle ones and they fitted nicely on my baking trays.

Now you are only going to partly bake this base for about 6 minutes. Once done remove them from the oven and brush them with olive oil.  Then top with your favourite toppings and bake until browned and cheese is melted.

They were delicious and I now have two in the freezer when I want a quick easy meal. I am going to try and bake some more this week and get a few more in the freezer.

To get my starter up again I feed it with a cup of flour and a cup of water daily.

If you haven’t tried sour dough before I hope this gives you the encouragement you need to just give it a go.

Now I’m off to make sourdough pancakes for breakfast.

Happy cooking!!!



This is our Friday Night Pizza recipe, (although we had it on Sunday night this week) but it is probably great any night of the week.



  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tsp dried yeast
  • pinch of castor sugar
  • 4 cups plain flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl and set aside for about 5 minutes or until foamy.

water, yeast and sugar ready to go into flour
water, yeast and sugar ready to go into flour

Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre, add the yeast mixture and the oil.  Mix together with a fork until combined.  Use your hands to bring the dough together in the bowl.

Brush a bowl lightly with oil.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  Place in the oiled bowl and turn to coat.  Cover with cling wrap and set aside in a warm, draught free place to rise for 30 minutes or until it doubles in size.

dough in bowl waiting to rise
Dough in bowl waiting to rise

Dough ready to roll out
Once the dough is risen turn out onto a floured surface.  Roll out to fit into pizza tin.

I then put BBQ sauce and tomato sauce on the base and spread around and then I pre-baked the pizza base for about 5 minutes.

Pizza base ready to pre-bake
Pizza base ready to pre-bake

Place toppings of choice on top and cover with cheese.  Bake in moderate oven for 20 – 30 minutes or until base is cooked.


  • Onion
  • Bacon
  • Mushrooms
  • Roast Beef (leftover)
  • Olives
  • Mozzarella Cheese

I fried up the onion, bacon, beef and mushrooms in a frypan until soft and hot.  Place on top of pre-cooked pizza base and add cheese.

Cooked and ready to eat

PS:  Often I use my own feta cheese on top, but I splurged and bought a packet of mozzarella.  Ham and pineapple pizzas are my husbands favourite so this is what we usually have.

PPS: When we buy pizzas we usually need two family sized one to feed our family of five.  When I make pizza, one does the lot of us.