I have been making bread for about 10 years now, but have always put off trying sourdough, (although it is one of my favorites, probably from the German in me) until I went to a friend’s house and she told me how easy it is. Catching a starter is the tricky part, and so she was kind enough to feed her’s and give me some. Here is her version of a recipe from Bread Alone. It is so tasty!
MK’s Sourdough Bread
Next morning: Put 18oz of starter in your bowl and place the rest of the starter back in the fridge. Add 18oz of water and stir to mix. Add 1 Tablespoon salt and 5oz of flour, (at this point she uses all-purpose flour. I decided to just use whole wheat and the bread turned out fine, it just depends on whether or not you are okay with a denser loaf of bread.), mix. Then add about 15-18oz of flour, pour out onto a table and knead in additional flour as needed.
Rest the dough in a greased bowl to rise, at least 2 hours. Punch it down, knead a few times, and cut it into loaves, (either rolled and placed in loaf pans or shaped free form). Let rise at least 2 hours more.
Have you ever made bread, sourdough or otherwise?