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Sourdough bread recipe


This particular holiday season, which is keeping us inside more than ever, seems ideal to look at the bright side of things, and why not play in the kitchen trying the sourdough bread recipe.

Sourdough Bread Recipe

- 1/4c active sourdough starter (King Arthur Flour recipe)

- approx. 1 and 1/3c. warm water

- approx 4c unbleached flour

- 1 and 1/2 tsp salt

Mix the ingredients in a stand mixer with the dough hook until a stiff dough forms. Knead by hand 2 minutes more. Place a clean disposable shower cap (yes you read that right) over the bowl and let rest for about 30 minutes.

Work the dough into a smooth ball by lifting the outer edge and folding it toward the center, doing this all the way around. Cover the bowl again with the shower cap and let dough rise at room temp (at least 70 degrees) for about 8-10 hours until it has doubled in size. (Overnight works well).

Remove the dough gently from the bowl and place on a floured surface. Shape it into a round ball by using the same technique as before, pulling the edge and folding it toward the center of the dough, working all the way around. Let the dough rest for about 5-10 minutes.

Generously flour a cup towel and place in a proofing basket. After the 10 minutes, pull the dough toward yourself with a cupping motion to tighten its shape and then place the dough in the proofing basket seam side up. Cover and let rise for about another hour until the dough has almost doubled in size.   

Preheat the oven to 450.

Place parchment paper in a dutch oven and then place the dough (seam side down) on the parchment paper.  Score the bread -  for the loaf pictured, use thread to divide the loaf into 4 sections by gently running it over the bread but not breaking the “skin.” Use a razor blade to make a leaf like pattern.  Get creative!  Anything goes.

Bake the dough for 15 minutes covered in the dutch oven, then remove the lid and bake for another 20 minutes. Carefully remove the loaf from the pot and bake directly on the oven rack for about another 10 minutes. Please note that baking times may vary.  When finished, transfer to a wire rack and let cool for at least 30 minutes.  Enjoy! 

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