How to make your own Sourdough bread?

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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

Baking paper

Knife

Preparation

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!

Cooking

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:)

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