Bread Baking: Starter-Along Sourdough Bread

[Photograph: Donna Currie]

If you've been following along with the Starter-Along series on Slice, you have a starter at 100 percent hydration in a jar, and you've harvested 4 ounces of that starter around Day 9.


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At that point, we added 2 ounces of bread flour and 1 ounce of water and let the mixture sit, covered, at room temperature overnight. We'll call that our prepared starter.

Now, it's time to do something with that starter we harvested.

About the author: Donna Currie has been cooking for fun and writing for pay since the days when typewritten articles traveled by snail mail. When she combined those talents in a food column for a newspaper in her area, she realized that writing about food is almost as much fun as eating. She launched the blog Cookistry and has now joined the Serious Eats team with a weekly column about baking.

Bread Baking: Starter-Along Sourdough Bread

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About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Sourdough Starter-Along: Day 10 - Second Harvest
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Ingredients

  • all of the prepared starter
  • 8 ounces flour
  • 4 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Procedures

  1. 1

    Put the prepared starter, flour, and water into the bowl of your stand mixer. (You can also do this by hand—it doesn't require a lot of kneading.) If you're using a stand mixer, knead with the dough hook until the mixture becomes elastic, just a few minutes, then add the salt and oil and knead until combined. Turn dough out onto your work surface and knead by hand until the mixture is elastic.

  2. 2

    You have your choice of baking today or tomorrow. If you want to give this an overnight rest, drizzle the dough with olive oil and put it into a plastic bag. Let it rest in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove from the refrigerator, give it a little massage in the bag, and let it come up to room temperature, about 2 hours, then continue with step 4.

  3. 3

    To bake today, form the dough into a ball, drizzle with olive oil, and place it into a bowl to rise until doubled, 2-3 hours.

  4. 4

    Remove the dough from the bowl (or plastic bag) and gently form it into your desired shape. Place it seam-side down on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled, 1-2 hours. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  5. 5

    When the loaf has fully risen, slash the top and bake at 350 degrees until the crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Let it cool completely on a rack before slicing.

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