How to Make Sourdough Bread

How to Make Sourdough Bread

Fresh sourdough bread can be made at home from three simple ingredients — water, flour and salt.

Here is a quick overview of the steps required:

Make a sourdough starter. You can learn about making one in this video.

Feed your starter daily and let it grow for a few days. You will use part of this starter to make the bread and save the rest for future use.
Mix part of your starter with flour and water and allow this mixture to rest for a few hours. Then add salt.
Fold the dough a few times before letting it rest again for approximately 10–30 minutes. Repeat the folding and resting steps a few times until the dough becomes smooth and stretchy.
On the final rest, let the dough rise at room temperature until it grows to about 1.5 times its original volume.
Shape your bread loaf and bake it in a Dutch oven.
Allow bread to cool on a rack for 2–3 hours before slicing it.
For complete instructions about how to use your starter to make a loaf of bread, check out this video.

Keep in mind that making your sourdough starter will take approximately 3–5 days. Do not rush this process, as the quality of your starter is what will give your dough a good flavor and help it rise.

Also, note that you will only use part of the starter to make the bread. You can save the rest for future use as long as you refrigerate it and “feed it” at least once a week.

When you’re ready to make another loaf, simply take your starter out of the fridge 1–3 days ahead of time and feed it once a day until it strengthens again.

Here are a few more sourdough bread recipes:

Basic Sourdough Bread
12-Grain Raisin Sourdough
Multigrain Sourdough Sandwich Bread
Follow the steps above to make your sourdough starter and first loaf of bread. There are many more recipes available, as well.
The Bottom Line
Sourdough bread is a great alternative to conventional bread. Its lower phytate levels make it more nutritious and easier to digest.

Sourdough bread also seems less likely to spike your blood sugar levels, which makes it an option for those monitoring their blood sugar.

All things considered, it’s worth giving it a try.

Just remember that sourdough bread can be made from virtually any type of flour, so opt for a whole grain variety.

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