Sourdough Bread

sourdough bread

Now that you have your starter, let me give you my favorite sourdough bread recipe.  This makes a really tasty, fragrant loaf of bread,  It has a nice crust and a good chew to the bread so it’s not like eating that “cotton” they pass off as white bread in the stores.  This makes great sandwiches, when there is any left after it comes out of the oven.  Most of the time, it is sliced and buttered and eaten before it even has time to cool off.

1 cup of starter

1 1/2 cup of lukewarm water

2 tsp. yeast

1 tablespoon sugar

2 1/2 tsp. salt

5 cups of all purpose flour (I use the unbleached bread flour)

Combine all of the ingredients and knead until a smooth dough forms.  I use my Kitchenaid and the dough hook.  You do not want to over knead it. Knead until the dough is smooth.  Lightly grease a large bowl and place dough in and cover it and let it rise for about 90 minutes in a warm area.  When it has doubled in size, divide the dough in half.  Shape the dough into 2 oval loaves.  Place on a parchment paper covered baking sheet and cover and let rise about an hour.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees and lightly spray the loaves with warm water. Place a cake pan with 1 cup of water on the bottom shelf of the oven.  Make two to three slashes across the loaves and bake for about 25-30 minutes.  Crust will be a golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.  Enjoy.

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