In a time when everything is uncertain, there is one thing that I know. I know that anyone can combine a few simple ingredients together to make delicious homemade sourdough bread. The aroma will bring your family and friends running for a slice of your love.
By combining active sourdough starter, some bread flour, water, and a bit of salt, in a few hours with a few deft pulls and turns, you will have a dough which will grow round and bubbly. You can then put that dough to bed in the fridge, and later bake it into a gorgeous, nutritious, and delicious loaf of bread the next morning.
Simple Homemade Sourdough Bread
- 50g Active sourdough starter
- 350g Water
- 500g Bread Flour
- 9g or to taste Sea Salt
TO MIX THE DOUGH
- Measure 50g of active starter into a bowl.
- Add 350g water to it and mix well.
- Add 500g bread flour and 9g of good sea salt to the bowl.
- Mix roughly until all the flour is absorbed, adding a few drops of water on the dry spots until it is evenly moistened. It will look a bit shaggy.
- Cover, and let it rest an hour.
- Right in the bowl, give it a series of pulls and turns (bringing the bottom edges to the top all around the bowl) to develop the structure of the bread.
- Repeat hourly (or whenever you happen by your kitchen) about four times or so.
- Let rise overnight.
- Do a final series of pulls and turns and pop it into a rice flour lined banneton or linen tea towel lined bowl.
- Refrigerate at least five hours or overnight before baking.
- Cover with a piece of parchment paper and invert it into a cold Dutch oven or roasting pan.
- Slash with a razor, cover, and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit about 40 minutes, then uncover and let it finish baking and browning (about 20 more minutes).
- Let cool completely before slicing…if you can wait that long!