I love to cook, but I am not much of a baker. My goal for the winter is to expand my baking skills.
With that in mind I've been reading and learning about bread making, specifically sourdough bread. Until recently I had never made a yeast based bread in the oven. Or baked a cake.
Both of these facts changed this past weekend, with surprisingly positive results!
Friday Night, after bringing my sourdough starter to life(more on this in a later post) during the week I was ready to take the plunge. For my first attempt I tried a not sour Rustic Sourdough Bread from the good folks at King Arthur Flour. You can see the original recipe 2 loaves, so I cut everything in half and made a slight alteration. I'm incredibly pleased with the results:
The bread was chewy and flavorful with a medium brown crust. The original recipe called just for all-purpose flour, but I wanted something a little heartier so I made a slight alteration. My version of the recipe is below:
Rustic (not so sour) Sourdough Bread:
based on/inspired by King Arthur Flour's recipe.
3/4 cup 'fed' sourdough starter
3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 to 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour