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!

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