I think cooking sourdough bread should be considered an art form. Cooking any bread is an amazing experience but using your own sourdough starter and getting it right is such a happy moment 🙂
HOW TO MAKE SOURDOUGH BREAD?
1 table spoon olive oil
1 tbsp sugar (levelled)
1 tbsp salt (levelled)
240 ml lukewarm water
240g sourdough starter (Here’s a link on how to make it)
3 glasses of white strong flour ( You can experiment with any type of flour but I wanted to try this one first)
A wooden spoon
A large bowl
If possible, a French banneton proofing basket
A shallow baking tray for the bread
A deep baking tray for water
1 – Put the water in a bowl and then add your starter. Some people say that if it doesn’t sink, then your starter is correct but I didn’t notice.
2 – Add the flour and then, olive oil, sugar and salt. Stir and mix well with a wooden spoon but not knead too long just shape it. My mom’s suggestion: Always use a wooden spoon and never put it in a dishwasher.
3 – Sprinkle flour all over the dough, place in a bowl then cover it with clingfilm. Rest it aside for a couple of hours. Once it has risen a little, put the bowl in the fridge and keep there for at least 15 hours. I prepared the dough one afternoon and took it outside on the following morning.
4 – In the morning, take it outside the fridge, cover the Banneton with some flour then place the dough in it. Rest it for a couple of more hours. Your dough is ready to cook!
Put the tray with water inside the oven on a lower rung. Heat the oven to 230 C. This will create a moist climate.
Place baking paper in the shallow tray, and place the bread on top.
Make a cross or a shape on top of the bread with a knife.
Cook for about 10 minutes or so until the cut points start opening up slightly.
Then lower the heat to 200 C and continue baking for 20-25 minutes more.
Check occasionally and never open the oven. But if you think the top is getting too crusty, you can lower it a little after 10-15 mins.
You will know that it is cooked:) Once out, rest on a rack.
Enjoy! You’ve made your first sourdough bread, which has the yeast from wherever you live on Earth:) None of them will taste the same:)