|Happy sourdough, fed and doubling in size|
|With apple butter!|
Using my now very happy starter, I made a loaf of sourdough bread using a very basic recipe from Cultures for Health. Many other recipes have you adding additional yeast to shorten the rise time, but that really cuts down on the sourdough flavor and takes over from your local yeasts living in the starter.
Finally, I made a couple of loaves of simple sandwich bread using my take on this recipe (and accidentally turned the temperature up too high - d'oh!)
- Proof 4.5 tsp yeast in 2.5 cups of warm water
- Mix in 1 Tb melted butter, 1 Tb salt, and ~7 cups of flour
- Knead for approximately 10 minutes, or until the dough stretches instead of tears when you pull on it.
- Let rise covered for 1 hour, punch down, divide into loaf pans, let rise for another hour
- Bake at 450 F for roughly 25 minutes
The best part about bread baking is that it's a little bit of hands-on time every hour or so. Mix the ingredients for 10 - 20 minutes, work for a solid hour, then take a break and punch down the bread. It provides both an excuse for taking a break (must do step next on the bread) and a reason to not take a break (you have to stop at the end of the hour anyway, just keep working 'til the timer sounds). And then you get bread! Now, do I freeze the second loaf from each batch, or will we eat the first loaf too quickly?