San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread

READY IN: 5hrs 10mins
Recipe by Pa. Hiker

Crispy crust, sourdough flavor in an easy French bread recipe.

Top Review by free-free

DE-VINE!!!! Wonderful recipe...excellent instruction...delicious results ...I followed directions to the letter...made one large loaf that I brushed with salted H20 which resulted w/ a crunchy crisp pretzel like crusty top and perfect airy interior...used recipe#13750 as my starter (been nursing that since Dec.08) - oh did bake slightly less that 45...{{ one reviewer said 34 that about was when i ck'ed it too, basically get familiar w/ your own oven and the weather ;) }} THE BEST BREAD Thanks for the recipe share...a def. do it again!!! :)

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, mix with starter.
  2. Add 3 cups flour, sugar and salt, stir vigorously 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. Cover with a cloth, set in warm place and let rise 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  4. Mix baking soda with 1 cup of remaining flour and stir in, the dough should be stiff.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and begin kneading.
  6. Add the remaining 1 cup of flour or more if needed to control stickiness.
  7. Knead until satiny, between 5 and 10 minutes.
  8. Shape into 2 oblong loaves or 1 large round loaf, place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Cover with a cloth, set in warm place free from drafts and let rise 1 to 2 hours or until nearly doubled in size.
  10. Before baking, brush outside with water and make diagonal slashes across the top with a sharp single-edge razor blade.
  11. Put a shallow pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven.
  12. Bake at 400° F for 45 minutes or until the crust is a medium dark brown.

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