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    Filed at 11:26 am under by dcobranchi

    This is a mash-up of several different recipes. Start to finish, it takes about 3 hours (or 7 days depending on your POV).

    You’ll need a good active sourdough starter. To make your own from scratch takes about a week, but it’s really easy and worth the effort.

    Quick sourdough bread
    1 c. sourdough starter
    4 c. all purpose flour
    1 1/2 c. warm water
    1 T. dry yeast
    1 t. sugar
    1 1/2 t. salt

    Combine all of the ingredients in a stand mixer reserving 1/4 c. of the water. Knead until the dough forms a ball, adding water a teaspoon at a time if necessary. When complete, the dough should be a little sticky. Turn out onto a floured (whole wheat or cornmeal) pastry sheet or something similar. Dust the dough with additional flour or cornmeal. Cover with a large pot and let rise until doubled in volume. Depending on your yeast, that may take an hour to two. While the dough is rising pre-heat a heavy Dutch oven with a lid in the main oven at 475 oF. When everything is good and hot, gently place the dough seam side down in the Dutch oven. BE CAREFUL. It’s very easy to get burned here. Put the lid on the Dutch oven and place the whole thing back in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool on a rack for about 5 minutes before cutting into this very crusty loaf.

    2 Responses to “REALLY GOOD BREAD”

    Comment by
    Stephanie O
    August 23rd, 2008
    at 9:49 pm

    Sounds good! I’ve made the NY Times no-knead bread, and it’s great. I’ll try this next time.

    Got a recipe for whole-wheat sandwich bread? I’ve been messing with the recipe in Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, but it’s not quite right. It’s a fun book to play around with, though.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    August 24th, 2008
    at 4:05 am

    This one started out with the NYT. I changed the ratios and timing and added sourdough. I also make real sourdough bread this way with no yeast, but the rising time is closer to 12 hours. I’m not that patient.