Let’s say it out loud. Sourdough bread is the best type of bread out there. It has flavor! And it’s so complex and sometimes slightly tangy. It’s like bread made by nature, which contrasts significantly with the stuff coming from bread factories.
And although making bread sounds complicated, it isn’t. It’s easy, even sourdough. Check out this sourdough recipe and make your first sourdough bread from scratch. You’ll love it!
To make this bread, you need some patience. If you like your bread fluffy and pillowy, you must let the dough rise, not once but twice. Put on a movie and let the dough double in size; that’s what I do.
You’ll also need all-purpose flour, salt and the famous sourdough starter. How to make a sourdough starter? Combine equal parts of flour and water and let them sit covered with a kitchen towel on your counter for a few days. Once bubbly, feed the starter by discarding half of it and adding a bit more flour and water.
Once you’re ready to make the bread, combine the starter with larger amounts of flour, add a pinch of salt and knead away! The secret here is making sure the entire dough is alive and not just the starter.
The rest is easy. Bake the bread in a loaf pan or any mold, and you’ve got yourself your very own sourdough bread. How cool is that?
Treat sourdough bread like any bread. You can even bake it in a loaf pan to cut it into slices. Sourdough bread is more flavorful than your average commercial bread, but it’s just as versatile!
In a mixing bowl, combine the starter and water; stir gently.
Stir in the flour and the salt.
Mix well with a spoon until you get a silky, stiff dough.
Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Flour a clean surface and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes. Form a ball and return it to the mixing bowl.
Let the dough rise for 30-45 more minutes or until it doubles.
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Grease a loaf pan or any mold, and line it with parchment paper.
Pour the dough into the pan and bake for 45 minutes until golden and cooked through.