By startnover on January 31, 2006
Photo by Lulu8
Photo by Lulu8
"I have looked hi and low for a recipe like this. I am so happy to have found it. Perfect slathered in butter or as a sandwich (grilled is great)"
Serving Size: 1 (1363 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 1
"This was my first time making a loaf of bread with no assistance (I usually let the bread machine make the dough), but I was thrilled by the challenge! I have been growing a sourdough starter for almost two weeks and wanted to try it out and do it right. This recipe was terrific! I was worried my starter wasn't "sour" enough, and while it will surely get better with time, it was enough to make this bread taste like a real sourdough loaf! My arms are sore from kneading, but the bread came out like a dream! It's all we could do not to eat a whole loaf at once! Oh yeah, and it's true that the flavor became more pronounced after waiting. We ate it about 45 minutes out of the oven and it was good, but the next day it actually tasted distinctly like a sourdough loaf. Great recipe thanks!!"
"This is a great recipe. I made 2 loaves & baked it in pans. I left one plain & made the other into a cinnamon swirl loaf. I did mix & knead my dough in my KA mixer & it worked fine. The bread has a lovely sourdough flavour. It came out with a nice crispy crust even though I did not put water in the oven while baking. I will make this recipe again. Thanks for posting it startnover."
"Very very good. I did need to add a teaspoon of yeast as my starter lacked the livelyness it should have had. The end product was excellent!!! Looks great and tastes great. Worth the effort. Thanks for posting!"
"I was born and raised in California, since moving to the East coast, I have not had good sour dough. I made this using the Alaska Sourest Dough (starter) recipe # 11075. It took a lot longer to cook, probably because family would not stay out of the oven, they were hungry!!! Anyway, we cut one straight out of the oven, It was delicious. I can't wait to try the second loaf after the "2 hour wait to develop flavors". I plan on making this again for dinner with family, but will be making bread bowls for potato soup. My starter is only 5 days old, I can't wait until it gets even more sour!!! Then I am going to try 1/2 whole wheat or buckwheat flour Thank you homegirl, now all I need is some California Cheddar and some gallo salami!!! (Update: the family loved the sourdough bread bowls, it was really good with the Potato soup recipe #40173, it was 10 stars!!!)"
"Ohhoho! I am a home breadmaker with over 25 years practice & this is the BEST sourdough bread recipe I have ever come across. Admittedly some luck depends on the vigor of your starter but this recipe using bread flour & bread machine for mixing yielded the most lovely dense but bubbly crumb that is perfect for sandwihes, toast & eating plain. Aroma out of the oven was sour intoxicating - covered the loaves with a kitchen towel while cooling to keep the crust from being too crisp. Love the wash - it accentuates the blisters beneath the crust (indicative of the perfectly textured bred inside). This is now my GO-TO recipe for San Fran style sourdough bread! Thanks homegirl!"
"I can't believe I've waited so long to review this recipe. I've been baking this bread every Sunday for most of the summer, and it's perfect. I feed my starter with all purpose flour, and make my sponge with the same, but for the remaining cups of flour, I've started using sprouted whole wheat flour, and it works out great. I bake in loaf pans, and we use for sandwiches, toast, and anything else. A solid recipe!"
"I tried this recipe as a second attempt at sourdough bread. For Christmas I received a whole grain cookbook that was very vague about the sourdough starter and directions for the bread making. Once I saw this one, I decided to try it as I still had some starter left. Once reading the directions in their entirety I realized one mistake I made the first time; I didn't mix some of the flouer with the starter and let it sit overnight, I just mixed the ingredients, kneaded and let rise a mere 1.5 hours. The bread was anything but sour from THAT recipe. This recipe however produced two amazing loaves of bread!!! The cornstarch wash turned out great, additionally before brushing I misted the bread twice in 8 minutes, then at the 10 minute mark, I brushed them with the wash. All in all I let the inital ingredients sit under cover in the oven for about 15 hours, then another couple once shaped into long loaves. We couldn't wait more than 15 minutes to break into the first loaf (it was astounding), but the second will tell the tale on how much the sourdough develops in a two or more hour period. I baked the bread on a stone center oven after allowing the oven to preheat at 425 for 30 minutes, then reduced the temp to 400 and slid the bread in using a make-shift bakers' peel. Thanks again for the great recipe! I'm going to experiment with other sourdough starters. I found the recipe for an "Alaskan Style" starter that looks slightly different than the one I used although I'm completely stoked about the one I made already. I think I might try it to see if I can discern a difference. I had no idea that people actually handed down starters from genereation to generation... Amazing! Thanks again for a wonderful recipe and easy to follow instructions. It has become my go to recipe for SF style sourdough!"
"Excellent! I had been using another sourdough bread recipe, but this is so much better. The bread came out crusty on the outside and soft and high on the inside with a slight sourdough tang. My starter is only 2 weeks old, so it should get better. My husband and I couldn't wait for 2 hrs. to cut the loaf. We ate half of it slathered with butter 15 minutes out of the oven. Thanks for a fantastic recipe. I will be making this over and over again. No more store bought bread."
"This is now my only SF Sourdough bread recipe - we live in Montana and I've even baked it one day and driven it to Arizona the next to deliver to Grandma... (OK we were already going but she LOVED the bread we brought too). I captured my starter wild with NO yeast, and it took it easily 6 months to get good and sour - still used it in the meantime but it finally got GREAT. For folks new to sourdough, my advice is to stick with it and let it work out your patience muscle... I let my batch raise up to 8 hours the second rise (step 5) for some seriously good sourdough action, but then we have a cooler climate/room temp than many other areas. This is great!!! Thanks!"
"I did everything that this recipe said and my bread is not so much sour as weird tasting. I am so disappointed! Maybe this is because of my starter? I used the starter with the most 5-star ratings from this site. If anyone has any tips/suggestions please let me know."
"Since I started making sourdough bread 2 weeks ago, I've produced 2 very flat and not very tasty loaves, 2 very nice loaves and 1 of sourdough Irish soda bread and then we come today.<br/><br/>I started last PM and mixed the dough as written. The dough was very active overnight and was still bubbling this AM. I added the salt, sugar and about 3 more cups of flour and kneaded it well. During the rising time, the dough released some liquid (water) but didn't rise much after 21/2 hrs. I kneaded it again and made it into 1 loaf and 12 rolls. Again they didn't rise much but I could tell there was activity in the dough as when I was making the rolls, the dough relaxed while I was working. <br/><br/>I now have baked them. The rolls first and there are only 9 left as they were very good and my husband wanted to try them immediately. The loaf is baked and looks nice but the top is slightly separated from the bottom. It seemed that a slight crust formed on the rising bread even though I covered it. So can someone shed some light on why they didn't raise like expected? I want to keep making the sourdough breads but need more help in this area."
"My bread is in the oven right now. I started it at about noon and it is now 11:40. I used the Herman sour dough recipe and it sure does make your loaves high risers. I could not believe how much they rose during the initial rise process. I have made sour dough before and wound up having to add yeast to get it going. Not with this starter! This recipe is also very simple. Good starter and good recipe makes for great bread!"
"My summer project was to create my own starter and delve into bread making. I found this recipe very easy. Sour dough is truly an exercise in patience but worth the effort."
"My second attempt at sourdough. I think the sitting overnight is the key. It has a wonderful tangy, chewiness to the bread. The loves we're eye pleasing too! Made it mostly in my bread maker for the kneading and sitting overnight. A little messy, but soooo worth it!"
"I have been an occasional bread maker for many years. I have never been really pleased with my results until I tried this recipe! I have tried other sourdough bread recipes with very limited success. This recipe not only makes superb sourdough bread, but is better than any other bread recipe I have used, sourdough or not! Wow! The texture, consistency, flavor, everything about it is fantastic - thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!"
"Great recipe. My starter is just a month old and I am looking forward to a more sour flavor over time. I love this recipe. Week 3 in a row of me making it! I have been using bread flour."
"What a beautiful loaf! I was a little worried, as it did not rise much after nearly 2 hours of the second rise but it looked perfect when done. I really liked the cornstarch wash on the loaf. It gave a beautiful sheen to the outside of the bread and made it look professional. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars is because the loaf does not have a sour taste to it. It's a delicious white bread but no tang, like I was expecting."
"well i just made my frist loafs of bread and they came out prefect. i used kaf white whole wheat flour. next time i might try half and half with white flour.could not wait 5 min. to eat frist loaf. this recipe is very easy which is why i picked it to use.got my starter by harvesting wild yeast.that was easy to.cant wait to bake more bread."
"My first time making sourdough bread and first time making a starter! This was wonderful! Perfect flavor and the crust is incredible. Thanks for posting! :)"