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Sourdough Bread

My go-to recipe for a lightly tangy sourdough boule.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 day 12 hours
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 day 12 hours 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 159kcal
Author Michelle | Sift & Simmer

Ingredients

  • 100 g sourdough starter
  • 325 g water filtered, room temperature
  • 25 g warm water for dissolving the salt
  • 500 g all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 9 g sea salt

Instructions

Maintaining Starter:

  • Bring sourdough starter to room temperature one or two nights before you want to make bread.
  • Remove about half of the starter (save it for pancakes, or another recipe) and feed the remaining starter with 40g water and 40g flour.
  • Leave it to ferment overnight, until it doubles in size. Repeat each day until the bubbles in the starter are nice and active.
  • When you remove starter for baking, remember to feed it an equal amount of flour and water.
  • If you’re not planning to bake, place the fed starter into the fridge. You can keep the starter in the fridge for weeks, but it’s best to take it out and feed it once a week or so.

Method:

  • Once the starter is bubbly and active, remove 100g sourdough starter and place into a large bowl.
  • Add in 325g of water and 500g all-purpose flour to the starter.
  • Give it a mix and cover with plastic wrap. In the meantime, microwave the 25g of water and add 9g salt and give it a stir to dissolve. Set aside.
  • 30 minutes later, add in the salt water to the flour mixture. Use a spatula or your hands to give the dough a few kneads. Cover again and let rest.
  • Once every 30 minutes, give the dough a few stretches and folds with your hands. (Best way to do this is to wet your hands and pull the dough up gently; rotate the bowl 90 degrees and repeat).
  • Do this for the next 2 hours (for a total of 4 sets of stretches and folds) and then cover the dough, and set aside to bulk ferment.
  • My bulk fermentation for a dough around 78°F is about 4 hours.
  • Depending on how warm your kitchen is, this can take anywhere from a few hours to 10-12 hours. (It will rise slower than active dry yeast).
  • Once the dough feels ready (you can see lots of bubbles on the surface), and has increased in volume (but not necessarily double in size) it is time to shape.
  • Transfer the dough to a well-floured surface, and pinch the edges together so it becomes a round ball.
  • Using a dough scraper, push the edge of one side of the dough to create a bit of tension. Repeat with the opposite edge (eg. North to South, South to North) and then then East to West and West to East.
  • Place the dough seam side up into a banneton dusted with rice flour (my banneton is 6" in diameter). Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Move the dough into the refrigerator to proof overnight (cold ferment).
  • In the morning, preheat a dutch oven/cast iron pot with cover to 500°F for at least 30 mins to 1 hour.
  • Remove the dough from the fridge and score with a sharp knife (this gives the bread a weak point for the steam to escape).
  • Transfer the dough onto a piece of parchment paper. Remove the banneton.
  • Carefully remove the hot dutch oven pot from the oven (use gloves) and place the dough into the pot with the parchment paper. Cover with the lid.
  • Place it into the oven and bake at 500°F for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the temperature to 400°F and bake for another 30 minutes.
  • Let completely cool before slicing. (Cool for at least 3-4 hours).

Notes

Store sliced sourdough in the freezer for up to a few months. To heat, remove sliced bread and microwave for a 10-15 seconds before placing into the toaster.
The best way to tell if the dough is cooked is by tapping the bottom of the boule. If it sounds hollow, it's done. If you use a thermometer, note that it will not register past 212F, which is the boiling point of water (steam). 

Nutrition

Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 2mg