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Friday, January 18, 2013

Sourdough Bread

My first loaf of sourdough bread was special.
The process of proofing the yeast, then
raising and kneading the dough is interesting
to do and makes for a great loaf of bread.
You first have to make a sourdough starter
which is not as diffucult to do as it sounds.
The bread has an irresistable good tart taste.

1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 packet yeast
4 cups flour, and more
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Place warm water in a bowl and disolve the sugar
in the water along with the packet of yeast.
Let sit for 5 minutes while you place the
1 cup of sourdough starter in a mixing bowl.
After the yeast has proofed place it in the
mixing bowl with the sourdough starter.
In another bowl combine flour with the
baking soda and salt, then blend into the
yeast mixture to form a loose bread dough.
Cover and let this rest for 30 minutes or so.
Then turn dough out onto a floured surface
and with floured hands knead it for 5 minutes
added more flour to help bring it together.
Place a bowl over the dough and let it rise
until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down and shape into a loaf.
Place on a baking sheet and cover with towel
to let rest and rise for 30 minutes or so.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Bake bread until brown and sounds hollow
when tapped on the side of the loaf.
Remove to cool before slicing if you can.
I couldn't wait and had a slice of warm bread.

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