Bread/ Vegan Baking

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread
Yields 2
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  1. 420g water
  2. 170g starter
  3. 500g unbleached white flour
  4. 225g spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
  5. A very healthy pinch of salt
  1. Pour water into a large bowl, then add 1/3 starter (floating starter is a good sign – it means lots of active bacteria), flours and salt. Mix with a spoon, then dump it on the counter and gently knead by hand just until it holds its shape. It will be mildly sticky and form a loose ball. This will take about 10 minutes.
  2. Place dough in a large bowl and cover with a kitchen towel, then after 1 hour knead again – don’t add flour to the kneading surface. Put dough back into your large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and then put it aside, or into the fridge if your kitchen is quite warm or you're letting it sit longer than the recommended 6-9 hours.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 420F with 2 large, high-sided Dutch ovens inside.
  4. Knead you dough again for 10-15 minutes and cut into two loaves. Place each loaf into a Dutch oven, score the bread with a knife and then put the lid on. Transfer to the oven and bake at 420F for 50 minutes. You can remove lid for another 3 minutes if you like a crunchier crust. Enjoy!
  5. Follow Kelly’s Timeline for the perfect loaf!
  6. 10:00PM – Feed starter the night before.
  7. 7:00AM – Make dough (this will take about 10 minutes once you're good at it).
  8. 8:15AM – Knead dough and put in fridge with thin film of plastic wrap on top.
  9. Noon – Knead dough if you're home for lunch, you can skip this step if you don't.
  10. 5:00PM – Knead dough into two loaves as you preheat the oven to 420 degrees, with Dutch ovens inside the oven.
  11. Cook for 50 minutes (take off lid for another 3 minutes if you like a crunchier crust).
  12. Freeze the loaf you aren't eating right away.
  13. Pro tips: Don’t store the loaf you’re eating in a bag – instead, leave it on the cutting board and turn in on its side, cut side down. This will maintain the crust's beautiful texture. If the loaf lasts until the next day, toast for the best results.
  1. When I ran out of Spelt flour, I simply used a total of 725g of unbleached flour and it turned out just as beautifully.
  2. Also, I tried this recipe to make 1 large loaf instead of two smaller ones and it was gorgeous!
Adapted from Kelly Vanderbeek
Adapted from Kelly Vanderbeek
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