I got a new cookbook at Costco last week, “The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion”, and I tried out a sourdough recipe from it today. It was a traditional French sourdough bread. This means flour, water, salt, and starter, but no other ingredients.
The recipe calls for a full pound of sourdough starter, about twice what I usually add.
This was mixed with water and flour, and let to sit for a twenty minutes autolyse. It then looked like this:
After this period, salt was added and I kneaded the dough. The dough is wetter than I’m used to working with, but not at all difficult to handle.
I let it rise for a while, and then pre-formed it by folding the edges in.
After a twenty-minute rest, I formed it into a ball, and then placed it into a cloth-lined bowl to rise for two more hours.
After two hours, I turned it out, scored it, and popped it in the over for 50 minutes at 450 degrees.
The final product was a beautiful, airy loaf of delicious sourdough bread! It has a good flavor, and like a good french sourdough it has a very mild sour taste.
I’d like to finish off by recommending the cookbook I used. It’s called “The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion,” and along with bread, it covers just about every baking project conceivable.
~The Homesteading Hippy