Sourdough Bread




Sourdough Bread

Originally uploaded by Jim Nutt

It’s been a bit since I’ve baked bread. When I moved to NY from Boston (and got married… and bought a house… and had a kid…) the starter got neglected and eventually was thrown out (basically, it starved to death). So, a few weeks ago I decided it was time to get a new starter going and I decided to “kick start” it with some scrapings from my proofing cloths. Lo and behold it worked wonderfully and the starter kicked off in record time. And here are the results, some lovely, very tasty, sourdough boules and a small loaf (there were two loaves, but…). It’s really easy to make sourdough bread, it just takes some time and I’ve found that the key to a really good crust is to put a quarter sheet pan of water on the lowest rack in the oven. Keep water in the pan so that the oven is nice and steamy. I bake at 500 degrees (F) and it only takes about 25 minutes per boule. The recipe is pretty straightforward as well, nothing but flour, starter, a pinch or two of salt and a bit of olive oil on the hands as I knead the dough.

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