Homemade Sourdough Bread

GUYS- I made my own sourdough bread. I sincerely could not be a happier little individual right now and if you could have seen me dancing in my kitchen you’d know it!  I have mentioned before that I am totally against the mantra “carbs are the enemy” and find a life without bread to be just cruel and unusual punishment.

I also whole heartedly believe that sourdough bread is a gift from the gods and we would be rude to deny such a blessing. I mean come on, have you smelled fresh sourdough before? If that smell is not enough to get ya going than I would really like to sit and talk with you about life.

Maybe I am biased but being able to make my own sourdough bread is pretty damn cool. Honestly, I haven’t attempted making bread of any sort before this so for my first go at it, I was pretty impressed with myself. I should mention that I was lucky enough to be gifted some sourdough starter from my cousin. Not every family comes equip with sourdough starters passed down through generations.

However, if you decide to make this recipe, you could start a new tradition (pun intended). Your starter could be what feeds all the future starters to come! I think that alone makes it worthwhile to try making your own sourdough bread.

Since I did not make my own starter, I am going to link you to a recipe that I found online that I really liked!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Sourdough Starter
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups of warm (not hot) water
  • salt
  • 4-6 cups of all-purpose flour

This recipe makes a round sourdough boule. Once I play around with it I will post different styles/types of breads! Also- this is a 24 hour process, so if you want bread for a certain day, you must begin the night before. 

To begin, take out a large dutch oven or cast iron pot. Pour in your 1 cup of starter, 2 cups of warm water, about 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and a few pinches of salt. Slowly add in your all-purpose flour. You will add as much flour as it can take which will be at least 4 cups. Add more as needed until the texture is no longer sticky.

You will be forming the dough with your hands and because I prefer to feel what I am doing I do not wear gloves. But- full disclosure it can get messy, but that’s part of what makes home cooking so much fun! Knead the dough on a tray or a cutting board so you have room to mold it.

You will notice your mixture start to turn into a doughy texture and that is when you know you are on the right track. Once it is mixed together fully you will be able to mold it without getting your hands stuck. This is when you should shape it into a round and place it back in the dutch oven/pot. Then cover the pot with a wet cloth in a warm place for 12-18 hours.

In the morning you will notice that your dough has risen quite a lot. (This part was so exciting for me because I felt like it meant I was on the right track!) When ready to bake your bread, you will take it out of the pot and place it onto a cooking tray or cutting board to knead. Then clean out your dutch oven or pot. Once it is cleaned and dried, place that pot into an oven. Turn the oven to preheat to 400F and allow the pot to get extremely hot.

While the oven and the pot are heating up, begin to knead your dough into a round boule shape again. Lightly cover the kneaded dough with drizzles of extra virgin olive oil, this will help it from sticking to your hands as well as create a nice browning on the crust of the bread.

Then, when the oven is finished preheating, carefully remove the hot pot from the oven. Sprinkle corn meal onto the heated pot. This will prevent your bread from sticking to the pot! Then, gently place your kneaded round boule into the hot pot. Then place your pot filled with your delicious dough back into the oven.

Allow the bread to cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until golden brown. To check if your bread is fully cooked, lightly tap the edges of the round loaf. If it sounds hollow then you can remove it from the oven, if not let it bake for a few minutes longer.

When your bread is finished baking remove it from the oven and let it cool down in the pot before touching it. By this point, your whole house will be filled with the incredible smells of fresh baked bread and your patience will be running thin. However, resist the urge to just rip it out of the pot and let it cool down on its own.

Once it is cool enough to touch, you should be able to slip the loaf out of the pot and place on a cutting board to slice. Then enjoy your bread however you would like!

 

 

***This is personally one of my most impressive recipes yet. I have never attempted to make a bread before so the fact that I was giving this a try and it actually worked was such a thrill to me. It just proved that you should always step out of your comfort zone and try something new. To me, that typically happens in the kitchen and I think that we could all learn from that. I am sure that some of my recipes seem daunting or like it’s too much work. But I promise you, you can make anything and you deserve to feel the empowerment of creating something new with your own hands! I hope everyone gives this delicious bread a try or finds a recipe on my site that ignites a passion to step out of their comfort zones and conquer!

 

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