A friend of mine gave me some sourdough starter so of course I had to make some bread.  Jonathan and I got to grinding and before you knew it we had enough flour to make a mincemeat pie and some homemade bread.  What more could you ask for. 

 

I looked at several recipes online for sourdough bread and then decided to have some fun and just experiment.  Surprisingly the experiment turned out pretty delicious.

What you will need -

  • 4 c. flour - I used fresh ground prairie gold hard spring wheat (And a little extra to prevent sticking when forming)
  • 3/4 Tbsp yeast
  • 3/4 Tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 Tbsp Salt
  • 3/4 Tbsp caraway (optional.  I usually add it just because I really like my bread with caraway)
  • 1 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. sourdough starter
  • oil for bread to turn bread out into

Let's Get Started -

Do not preheat your oven.  I know....this goes totally against the grain of bread baking......but just don't do it.

First let me say you do not have to worry about exact measurements on this recipe.  I don't do anything exact and I love to play with recipes so just have fun with it.

Mix everything except the flour in a mixing bowl.  You can use a mixer with a dough hook if you like.

Once everything is mixed, slowly add the flour.  Stir only enough to mix.

Next, turn dough out into your oiled bowl.  Turn the dough over to coat the top and then cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap.  If you use plastic wrap then poke some holes in the plastic wrap after it is placed on the bowl to allow the gases from the bread to escape.

Finally put the dough in the frig for 4 hours up to a week.  When ready to bake simply form into a ball or long loaf and place on a sheet with parchment paper or cornmeal to prevent the bread from sticking to the sheet pan. 

Place the bread into a cold oven and set the oven to 425 degrees.  Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown and it sounds hollow when thunked on the bottom.

This bread is soft inside and crispy outside.  It is a little denser but absolutely delicious and very flavorful.