Friday, February 20, 2015

Simple Artisan Sourdough Bread

I love this recipe - just 3 ingredients: flour, water, and salt! It comes out so perfectly: crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside. It's not really a sandwich loaf, but slather it with butter (or better yet, honeybutter) and it's a wonderful treat! Or toast a slice, add some spinach artichoke dip and top with some chopped tomatoes and chives for some amazing bruchetta.

Artisan Sourdough Bread
325 grams (2 ½ cups) flour (whole grain flours work great for this)
200 grams (3/4 cup) sourdough starter
275 grams ( 1 ¼ cups) water
1 tsp salt
Mix all well, cover and let rise for 8-12 hours.After the dough has risen well, preheat a dutch oven (cast iron is best) to 475 degrees for 30 minutes, to make sure it's good and hot. Carefully scoop out your dough in to the hot dutch oven, cover, and bake at 475 degrees for 30 minutes. Then turn down the oven to 400 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from dutch oven and cool at least 30 minutes before slicing. 

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