Traditional Sourdough Bread
Traditional Sourdough Bread is probably some of the best tasting bread I have ever had the pleasure of eating. The process takes around 24 hours, but don’t worry most of the time it is fermenting! In 5 easy steps you can make your own sourdough bread from scratch!
What you need: (For 1 loaf)
1 Cup Whole Wheat Flour ( You can find flour here)
1 ½ Cups Bread Flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ – 2 Cups Filtered Water (chlorinated water will ruin the recipe)
¼ Cup Sourdough Starter (Recipe for sourdough starter)
Mix dry ingredients together in large bowl. In a separate bowl add starter and water together. Mix the liquid with flour. Shape the dough into a ball. Cover with a towel and let it sit for 19 hours or so to ferment. Let it sit at room temp. The dough should double in size.
On a large surface, sprinkle some flour and spread the dough flat onto the surface. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes and then fold into a ball again. If you want to add herbs to your dough, you can add it now. I added garlic powder and oregano and it turned out delicious.
Lining a large bowl with a towel, sprinkle flour onto the towel. Transfer the dough to the bowl. Cover with another towel and let it sit in a warm (not to hot though) place for around 2 hours.
After the dough has sat for around 2 hours, remove it carefully from towel and place on a floured surface. Gently add water to surface of dough to make moist. If there are dried out spots, add water with your fingers and lightly brush the dough with water. Add ½ inch cuts on top if you want a pattern after baking.
Place 2 pie pans of water on lower rack. Place baking stones on top rack and pre-heat oven with baking stones in it to 400º. Once preheated add dough to hot stones and bake for 35-40 minutes (time may vary depending on elevation, oven, or stones.) Once bread is done baking, cool on wire rack.