MMM… is there anything more delicious than the delightful smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of your kitchen? That smells reminds me fondly of my childhood when my mother would bake 8 loaves at a time!
So delicious and heartwarming, I couldn’t wait to get a fresh piece and have that warm butter melt all over it!
Sourdough French bread
Sourdough bread is nutritious and delicious! It contains higher levels of folate and antioxidants than other breads. It’s lower phytate levels allows your body to absorb the nutrients more easily. It also contains lower amounts of gluten and because it is fermented, it contains probiotic and prebiotic properties that are known to be excellent for your gut health. With all these benefits and so many applications what are you waiting for? why not make your sourdough starter today?
In a cup, melt the butter in the hot water and add and dissolve the sugar. Let cool to lukewarm.
Add the starter and the yeast.
Blend in two cups of flour so that you have a sticky well combined mixture.
Stir in next two cups of flour and the salt. This should be enough for firm dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead thoroughly.
Place in a well buttered bowl and let rise til double in size.
Punch dough down and let rise again for 30 minutes.
Turn dough out onto floured surface, let rest 10 mins.
Let the loaf rise again until doubled.
Place in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.
You can slash the bread with a very sharp knife or razor just prior to putting into oven if desired. If the utensil is very sharp the bread will not fall.
For a shiny crust, blend and egg white with a tablespoon of water and brush several times during baking.