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Sourdough Bread Recipe

Now that we have all found a little more time on our hands, it is the perfect moment to start baking sourdough bread. This dough can be finnicky to start, but once you have a well-fed starter you will be churning out delicious loaves in no time.

Creating a Sourdough Starter

To create a sourdough starter, combine 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 cups of warm water, and add in 1 heaping teaspoon of active dry yeast. Within minutes the starter will begin bubbling and will grow in size. This is a good sign – it means the yeast is eating the flour. Everyday you will want to add ½ cup flour and just under ½ cup of warm water so your yeast can continue to feed and grow. If you start to develop a thin liquid on top of your starter, you will need to feed your starter more often – increase feedings to twice a day. After 4 – 8 days your starter will be ready to bake with.

Sourdough Bread Recipe

  • 2 cups starter
  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 5 – 6 cups of Bread Flour
  • 1 TBSP salt
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

 

Instructions

  1. Combine the starter and warm water in the bowl of your stand mixer, or a large nonmetal bowl. Slowly add the bread flour one cup at a time, its important to go slow as you may not need it all.
  2. Once the flour becomes difficult to stir in, remove the dough ball and place it on a well-floured countertop. Kneed the bread for about five minutes.
  3. After you are finished kneeding the bread, use the olive oil to grease the inside of your nonmetal bowl and place your dough ball inside.
  4. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let it sit for at least 6 hours.
  5. After 6 hours has passed, kneed the dough again. Place the dough ball on a well-floured pizza stone or pan.
  6. Recover the dough with a damp cloth and leave for another six hours.
  7. When you return to your dough the top should be slightly firm. Use a small knife to cut slits into the top of the dough (you can get creative and try different patterns) to create a vent.
  8. Place dough, on pizza stone or pan, into a cold oven, and turn the oven on to 350 degrees. The bread will take between 30 – 45 minutes to bake. You will know it is done when you can smell a strong bread scent in your kitchen. It may take a couple loaves to get this perfect.
  9. Cut and enjoy!