Sourdough Bread Recipe

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Sourdough Bread

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1 1/2 cups warm water, no more than 110 - 115 degrees F
2 teaspoons instant dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup sourdough starter
about 6 cups unbleached all purpose or unbleached bread flour

In mixing bowl combine water, yeast, sugar, salt, and starter. Add 3 cups of the flour and mix well. Add remaining flour and mix, dumping it out onto a floured surface and hand kneading until it is smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed. This process takes 10 minutes, stick with it! (Or, you can use your bread machine.) Place ball of dough in oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or clean dishtowel. Place in a warm and draft-free place to rise for 1 hour. Punch down. Shape into 2 loafs, as desired. Place these in greased pans or on baking sheet, or in a long bread trough style pan. Cover and let rise about 1 hour in a warm and draft-free place. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake about 30-40 minutes, or until crust is brown and loaf sounds hollow when thumped on the bottom. Cool on racks before slicing!

Recipe created 1999-03-09.

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