Soft Sourdough Bread

"Makes 2 medium size, beautiful soft, tasty loaves. I like to use proving baskets and bake on a pizza stone."
photo by K1968 photo by K1968
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Ready In:
7hrs 30mins
2 Loaves




  • Mix all ingredients together and knead dough for about five minutes. If dough is too sticky, add slightly more flour but dough should be soft and not dry and stiff. Place in oiled bowl and allow dough to rise for 3-4 hours or until nearly doubled in size.
  • Divide dough into two pieces and shape into loaves and place in two greased bread pans or proving baskets. If a free form loaf is desired, place on greased baking sheet. Spray with oil and cover with plastic wrap to keep from drying out. Allow to rise for 2-3 hours. About 30min before the bread is ready pre heat your oven to 450f/250c.
  • When dough has risen, slash the top of the loaf. Place in pre heated oven at the high temp for 10min ( this will give lovely crust with great colour, do not fear it will not burn in this time) then reduce temp to 375f/190c for a further 20 minute.

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  1. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I followed the instruction as much as I could, but the bread came out with a crumb that is not as open as your photo shows and the crust is much too smooth (I'd be in the elimination round on master chef for that bread :). While kneading it, I had to add at least a cup of milk. I ended up kneading by hand for another 10 minutes as my mixer was getting too hot. It didn't rise as much I as would have liked it but that might be because it is winter here and the temperatures are fluctuating a lot. The last rise was over night. Then I had to add another 10 minutes to the baking time. The softness and the taste is nice. I'll make this bread again adding more milk from the start. I'll report :)
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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It turned out really well - soft with a good texture and slightly sweet flavor, not sour. I think this will be my go-to recipe for preparing sandwich bread for my family.



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