How to Make Sourdough Bread

How to Make Sourdough Bread

Makes : 2 loaves

Preparation time: over 2 hours

Cooking time: 40 mins

Ingredients needed to make Sourdough Bread:

  • 10 ½ oz sourdough starter (buy online)
  • 1 lb 2 oz white bread flour, plus more for dusting
  • ¼ oz brown sugar
  • 9 fl oz water
  • ¼ oz salt
  • Flavorless oil, for greasing

Cooking instructions for Sourdough Bread:

  • Pour the sourdough starter into the flour, followed by the water and stir them well together to mix thoroughly.
  • Sprinkle salt and sugar into it and continue mix into a soft dough.
  • Place the dough into a working counter, dusted lightly with flour, and knead it for about 10-12 minutes or until the dough is stretched so thin that it appears nearly transparent (windowpane effect).
  • Place it into a lightly-oiled bowl, and roll it across the sides to grease slightly.
  • Wrap it up in a moist kitchen towel and set aside for about 3 hours or until it rises and doubles in size.
  • Return the risen dough to the working surface and punch it several times with your knuckles.
  • Split it into two equal halves and roll it into two round loaves and set aside.
  • Line two bowls with a heavily-floured kitchen towel and set aside.
  • Dust each loaf generously with flour and place them, one in each bowl.
  • Set aside for another 2 ½ hours to rise again.
  • Meanwhile, drop several ice cubes into a baking tin and place it at the bottom rack of the oven.
  • Warm up your oven to 450 degrees F while the ice melts to form steam.
  • Transfer the dough onto a baking dish and cut out 2-3 slashes across its surface.
  • Place it in the preheated oven and bake at the preheated temperature for about 35-40 minutes or until the surface of the loaves turn golden brown and sounds hollow when patted at their bottom.
  • Remove from oven and let them rest on the wire rack, until cool enough to handle.
  • Slice it into semi-thick slices and serve.

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