Friday, July 6, 2012

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

We just made a couple loaves of sourdough bread and loved how they turned out. I mixed together two of my favorite recipes and added a cup of starter. I'm really pleased with the results and will test it multiple times to make sure the consistency of it turns out the same every time ... ya never know with bread sometimes.

I don't have exact measurements for the flour yet but you simply need to add enough flour until it comes away from the sides of the bowl, plus about 1/2 a cup more of flour.

Here's the recipe:

Sourdough Sandwich Bread
(makes 2 loaves)

Hard white wheat or hard red wheat about 7-9 cups.

3 cups warm water
1/2 cup honey
1/8 cup oil (grapeseed or coconut)
1 cup starter
1 1/2 tsp sea salt

1. Grind the wheat in a wheat grinder.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix together the: water, honey, oil, starter and sea salt.
3. Add the flour into the wet mixture, bit by bit, until it comes away from the sides of the bowl. Then add about 1/2 a cup more of flour.
4. Allow the mixer to knead the dough (or do it by hand) for 10 minutes.
5. Grease two bread pans.
6. Shape dough into two loaves and place in greased pans.
7. Grease the top of the dough a little.
8. Then cover loosely with saran wrap - tucking in the sides. (It's helpful to cover the top of the dough loosely with the saran wrap so that the dough has room to expand.)
9. Allow dough to sit and rise for 10-12 hours until bread has fully risen.

{after 10-12 hours (depending on how active of a starter you used}

10. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
11. Take saran wrap off of the dough and place the loaves in the oven.
12. Allow to bake for 45-50 minutes.
13. Take out of oven after the baking time, place on a cooling rack, butter the top of the loaves a little.
14. Allow the bread to cool for an hour before slicing and place in a bread bag/ziploc bag.


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