Basic Sourdough Bread
- Ready In:
- 3hrs 50mins
- 2 cups proofed sourdough starter
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 cups white bread flour
- Before measuring out your 2 cups of starter culture, it must be proofed: To proof, I usually start with 1 cup of starter and stir into it equal parts of flour and warm water (for this recipe, 1 1/2 cups of each would be more than enough).
- Let mixture sit, covered loosely, for 8 to 12 hours-- the longer it sits, the sourer the flavor will be.
- At this point, measure out the 2 cups required for recipe, and return leftover starter to refrigerator for next time.
- Pour starter into mixing bowl.
- Melt butter (microwave works well).
- Add milk to butter and warm briefly (85 degrees F).
- Add the salt and sugar, stir until dissolved.
- Add this mixture to the culture and mix well.
- Add the flour, 1 cup at a time, stirring until the dough is too stiff to mix by hand.
- Turn onto floured board and knead in the remaining flour until the dough is smooth and satiny.
- Pat dough into a 1-inch thick oval and form loaf by rolling oval up from the long side, pinching the seam together as you roll the dough, tucking ends to form the loaf.
- Place in lightly greased loaf pan (I spray with cooking spray), and let rise, covered, at 85 degrees F for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.
- When the dough rises 1 to 2 inches above the edges of pan, it is ready to bake.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees F and bake an additional 30 to 40 minutes (baking time varies according to your oven and your personal taste--some like a darker crustier bread than others).
- Remove loaf from oven and brush the top lightly with melted butter; turn loaf out of the pan and cool on wire rack.
- If you prefer, you can shape this into a round or oval loaf and bake on a baking sheet.
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I’m confused by the first paragraph of the Directions. It says Before measuring out your 2 cups of starter culture, it must be proofed: To proof, I usually start with 1 cup of starter and stir into it equal parts of flour and warm water (for this recipe, 1 1/2 cups of each would be more than enough). It says to add equal parts to the 1 cup of starter but then says 1 1/2 is more than enough. Can you clarify please?