Do you like sourdough bread but don’t like paying for it? Then stop buying it and make your own! Here is the recipe I use and my sourdough loving hubby loves it, so it has to be sort of good right!?!?!
2 cups of sourdough starter
(I keep mine in the fridge so about 12 hours before I make bread I take out about a cup and a half of starter and feed it with 1/2 water and a 1/2 cup of flour to wake it up. This will give you the amount you need for bread. You can learn how to make a starter here.)
1 tablespoon of melted butter
1/2 cup of milk warmed
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
3 cups of flour
Combine the starter, butter and milk in a bowl, then add in the salt and sugar. Next, add the flour in a cup at a time. You kneed sourdough just like when you are making white bread. Now you can either leave it in the ball form or you can roll it out with a rolling pin like you would white bread. If you go for the ball shape you will use a cookie sheet to bake the bread. If your do the loaf, a regular bread pan will do. Either way, lightly spray your pan with cooking spray to avoid it sticking.
Now it is time to rise your dough. One thing to keep in mind is it takes a little longer for sourdough to rise then white bread (where you use yeast packages.) Put your dough somewhere warm and keep an eye on it. Once it has doubled in size it is time to bake it,
Set your over to 375 degrees and bake for 10 minutes. Then turn your oven down to 350 degrees for another 30 minutes. As with any baking, all ovens are different and you have to use your judgement as to if it may need just a little longer or not. Remove bread from the pan if you did a loaf or off the cookie sheet if you did the ball shape. Now breath in through your nose, deeply, and enjoy that fresh sourdough smell!!!
This recipe is so simple and once you make your own sourdough bread, I promise, you will never spend your money on store bought sourdough bread again! Who says San Francisco has the corner on sourdough!?!? Well, my hubby, who grew up on the west coast still claims that San Francisco makes the best, but mine is in second, so that says something, right? LOL