Sourdough Bread

Sourdough bread requires that you make  starter first. This will take a few days to prepare accordingly. This bread is very tasty with a hard crust.

Starter

1 package dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

2 1/2 C warm potato water (or warm water)

2 C flour

1 T sugar

1 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast and sugar in water, then add flour and salt. Mix well and cover. Leave in warm place for 2-3 days. Every time a 1 Cup portion is taken out, add 1/2 C water, 1/2 C flour, and 1 tsp sugar.

Sourdough Bread

1 package dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)

1 1/2 C warm water

1 C sourdough starter

2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

5 C flour +-

1/2 tsp baking soda

In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar. Blend in starter and salt. Add 3 1/2 C flour. Mix well, cover, and let rise for 1 1/2 hours. Add remaining flour and enough to make a stiff dough. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Shape into two loaves and put them onto baking sheets with cornmeal on them, or put in loaf pans. Let rise another 1 1/2 hours.

Bake at 400° for 35 -40 minutes. Brush tops with butter.

I have found that  400 degrees is too hot. I  have had much success baking at 350 degrees.

I have made buns also with this recipe. Just roll a wad of dough and then flatten it in your hand. Bake on baking sheets with parchment paper for around 15-18 minutes.

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