Sourdough Bread

Have I told you about my love affair with sourdough bread? Well, it’s true, I love the stuff. A while back I made a Sourdough Starter. However, my first batch of bread I made didn’t turn out so well. It actually wasn’t bread at all, it was a huge sourdough biscuit. I mean it tasted great! But my bread fell flat. So, I tried aging using the same sourdough starter as before but a slightly different recipe for the bread. I combined the sourdough starter recipe from Joy the Baker and the actual bread recipe from Emeril Lagasse .

You’ll need:
1 1/2 cups of sourdough starter
1 package of active dry yeast
2 cups of flour
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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First things first, get your starter!

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Stir in the “hooch” aka the yellow stuff on top.

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Add 2 cups of flour to your mixing bowl.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of stirred starter.

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Add the yeast…

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1 teaspoon sugar.

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3/4 teaspoon of salt.

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Now stir all of that until the dough forms a ball around the hook.

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There’s the ball!

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The dough should be pretty sticky. See how it was sticking to my hands? Place dough ball into a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes.

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Pretty little dough ball.

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Put dough into a bowl sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with a kitchen towel and place in a warm place. Let rise for an hour or until dough doubles in size.

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Doubled in size. Nice and sticky and a little bubbly.

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Again place dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3-5 minutes.

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I kneaded mine into the shape of the bread pan.

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Place into bread pan that is sprayed with non-stick spray.

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You know the drill… Cover with a kitchen towel and put it in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes this time.

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After dough has doubled in size, bake in oven at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.

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Success!

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The smell of fresh bread is like no other!

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Enjoy!

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough bread is one of my favorites! I love it for paninis and grilled sandwiches. But I’ve always wondered what makes sourdough bread, well, sour? After some investigation, I realized that I’d need a sourdough starter. Basically how you make sourdough sour is literally souring flour and water. Sounds kinda gross but hey, gotta do what ya gotta do.

Here goes!

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You’ll need…. Wait for it….
Flour and water. That’s it.

1 cup flour
1 cup warm water
A container w a lid, glass or plastic work best. No metal.

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One cup flour into the jar.

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One cup warm water. I used warm water from the sink, nothing special here.

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Wee bit bubbly.

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Whisk that all up.

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Hey girl hey.

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Alright, now it’s time to let it sit. This takes a few days. Find a warm, sunny window or in my case since we don’t have many sunny windows, I put mine by the coffee pot.

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Leave the lid slightly ajar. Let it sit for 24 hours.

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24 hours later…. Fermentation.

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Now, over the next 3-5 days you will repeat the steps I’m about to show you.

Throw out half of the mixture. Then add half a cup of flour.

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And add half a cup of warm water.

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Whisk all together again.

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Now, leave the lid ajar and place back in your warm spot and let sit. Repeat this every 24hrs for 3-5 days.The mixture will start to ferment and get a “sour” smell. This is what we want! Hence sourdough bread.

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If your mixture gets this yellowish stuff ontop, that’s ok just mix it back in. It’s called the “hooch” funny name, I know.

Continue feeding your mixture. You can move this into the fridge were it can live for a long time. Just remember to feed it once a week. Feeding it means throwing half of it out and adding half a cup of flour and warm water each. Mix and let sit.

That’s it folks! I will let y’all get started on these and post the bread recipe for sourdough in a few days!

Let me know how things are going!!