I grew up on homemade sourdough bread, My mom had her recipe taped to the inside of her pantry door. My favorite part of this recipe....no makes that 2 favorite parts, was the sou--- sorry, I just can't divide this succulent bread into my favorite parts. EVERYTHING about sourdough bread is amazing!
I love the aroma of sourdough bread engulfing the house and the flavors that explode in your mouth when combined with confectioner sugar. Tonight, there is no doubt that I'm going to make the starter for sourdough bread.
Here's the recipe for the starter:
Mix warm water, potato flakes, sugar, and yeast in a container that has a lid. Place the lid loosely on the starter and set out for 24 hours in an area away from drafts. After 24 hours have passed, place the starter in the refrigerator for three days.
After three days have passed, you need to take out one cup of starter to make a loaf of bread, give it to a friend, or discard.
I choose: "Make a loaf of bread for 300, Alex."
After three days have passed you need to feed you sour dough bread to keep the yeast alive.
Here's the recipe:
Place all the ingredients into the container and mix. Place back into the fridge, and feed again in three days. This recipe only keeps for a month. After a month, you need to restart your starter recipe.
O.K. this is the FUN part of the sourdough bread recipe. THE BREAD. Your one step closer to eating freshly baked sourdough bread.
Here's the recipe (are you tired of me saying that?):
Mix together all the ingredients until everything is evenly combined. In a LARGE plastic bowl, wipe bowl down with veggie oil. Place the dough inside the plastic bowl and pat down with remaining veggie oil. You don't want your sourdough getting too dry.
Place sourdough bread in a warm place, away from drafts and vibrations. You don't want your dough to fall after it's risen. I place my sourdough bread on a heating pad and cover the plastic bowl with a dishcloth.
After 15 hours have passed, punch down and knead the dough a few times. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Knead each part of the dough on a floured down surface about ten times. Place into greased loaf pan and stretch dough over the bottom. Brush top with oil and cover with a dishcloth. I do the same heating pad technique for the bread pans. Let the dough rise for 5 to 8 more hours.
In a preheated oven, bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. I like my bread to have a crispy edge, so the time may take a little longer in baking. Remove from the oven.
This part is an added bonus for those who like a little extra something-something.
Melt butter in the microwave and pour honey into the butter and stir. With a pastry brush, glaze bread with butter mixture. Dust with confectioner sugar.