My favorite people call me Mommy. They are my most loyal fans, assistant kitchen managers and most importantly, my taste testers who will taste almost anything and always tell me the truth. As a mom of three with a passion for feeding my family nourishing foods, I jumped at the opportunity to try my hand at sourdough. What started out as just another adventure in my kitchen has led me down this exciting path of baking sourdough bread and teaching others to do the same.
Spice & Zest - The Recipe
by Sarah Leitner, AKA The Queen of Sourdough
Healthy and wholesome food; More natural, less processed
Seasonal produce and citrus fruits; it always tastes better
Fresh flavors, spices and herbs; be bold
Be adventurous; go outside your comfort zone.
Try old and new stuff; leave out the junk.
Include your family and friends; enjoy the quality time.
Keep it kid-friendly and have fun.
The kitchen has been my playground as far back as I can remember and I'm still always curious about how things work and the science of cooking. Trying new flavors, textures and techniques are always on the menu in my kitchen. I am passionate about bold citrus flavors and fresh herbs and spices as highlighted on my Instagram.
That's how I create original and tasty food that's as close to nature as possible. Since I'm always up for a challenge, when sourdough entered my line of vision, I jumped at the opportunity.
I discovered the benefits of sourdough bread along my continuous quest for nutritious and nourishing food. After researching the methods and teaching myself the mechanics, I created my own sourdough starter in 2014, and was instantly hooked. Since then, I continuously create mouthwatering sourdough bread, challah, pretzel buns, pita, pizza and crackers. As I continue to expand my horizons, I’ve even baked sweets and desserts like babka and donuts and can’t wait to see what’s next.
As I slowly built a following by sharing my process on Instagram, people started reaching out to me with questions about sourdough and requests to teach them the tricks of the trade. At first, I was hesitant but decided to take the plunge and hosted my very first sourdough workshop in early 2015. I created a process that allows me to keep it simple and prevent the typical overwhelming feelings that arise when faced with lots of new and detailed information. Many people who come to my workshop are "newbies" who know nothing about this process and will be baking their own sourdough breads in their home in less than a week. I’ve had other participants who already bake sourdough and want to brush up and perfect their skills, and walk away from my workshop with new information to help them improve their sourdough baking. Seeing the beautiful sourdough creations that my students create brings me tremendous joy and satisfaction.
"The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ― Julia Child.