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Sourdough Bread recipe ingredients
500g/ 17oz Strong white bread flour
200g/7oz sourdough starter
240ml tepid water
Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.
Mix sourdough starter and tepid water together
Pour the starter/water mix in to the middle of the flour and salt mixture and mix it together either with a big spoon, or get your hands in there and mix it altogether.
Once you’ve managed to mix most of it together put a little flour onto your kitchen surface and tip out the dough onto the floured kitchen surface and knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
Once the dough looks smooth put in into a large bowl with enough room for the bread to double in size, and loosly cover it with a wet cloth or cling film.
Put the dough mixture somewhere warm to rise. An airing cupboard is an ideal place. Failing that I put mine on a table in the living room, the warmest room in my house.
Leave the dough to rise for about 4 – 8 hours.
Once it is about twice the size then knead the bread again for about 2-5 minutes.
Now you are ready to decide how you want to make your bread. The easiest way is to use a bread tin, greased with a tiny bit of olive oil. Put the bread in your bread tin and leave it to rise somewhere warm for about 2-6 hours (depending how warm it is).
When your bread is sufficiently risen, put it in the oven at 220 'C 425'F or gas mark 7 for about 25 – 35 minutes. It should look tanned on the top.
Take your bread out and leave it to cool on a wire rack. It should sound hollow when you tap it.
It will last about 5 days wrapped up in your bread bin/container.
A few points to note
The warmer the place your bread is left to rise, the quicker it will rise.
Your bread may not turn out just as you want it the first time you do it – it doesn’t matter, just use it as toast!