Sourdough bread is great tasting homemade bread. There is a lot of initial effort with the sourdough starter, but if you love homemade bread then you will probably find that it is worth the while! http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sourdough-starter/ is the recipe I used for my sourdough starters. There are many different ways to make it, but this will work well for this kind of loaf.
– 2 1/3 cup flour (white or whole wheat both work)
– 4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
– 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 1 1/4 teaspoon dry active yeast (or half a package)
– 1/2 cup warm milk
– 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
– 3/4 cup sourdough starter
– Combine 1/3 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Add warm milk and margarine (I melt the margarine with the milk in the microwave for about 25 seconds. If it’s too hot to touch wait for it to cool down as it will kill the yeast).
– Next stir in the starter and start adding the rest of the flour slowly. When it comes together easily flour your surface and start kneading together. You may have to add more flour if it gets too sticky to handle. However, the dough should still be a little sticky at the end. You may need more flour than required, or less. This depends on the humidity in the room.
– Knead the dough for 6-8 minutes until it is soft and elastic (If you stretch it out it should spring back easily).
– Spray bowl with nonstick spray (or butter or grease it). Put dough into bowl and cover with towel for about one hour or until doubled in size (If the room is cold it might take longer).
– Now punch out the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
– Roll into log shape and pinch the edges and sides together and place in pan. Press down so it it evenly spread out.
– Let it rise for another hour, until doubled. Close to the end of the rise start preheating oven to 375. When dough is risen bake for 30 minutes. If you want to give the crust a darker colour you can make an egg wash with egg and a tablespoon of water and brush it along the top before baking.
Wait until it is completely cooled before cutting into it.
Use for sandwiches, toast or eat on its own with butter.
Time to make: 2.5 hours
Servings: 8 (two slices per serving)
Nutrition (per slice): 94 calories, 19g carbs, 1g fat