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Make Sourdough Bread from a Homemade Starter

It is so easy to make sourdough bread from a homemade starter to replace your store-bought bread with fermented, healthy, fresh, homemade bread.

Songbirdtiff's Sourdough Bread

1 cup sourdough starter (see step 1)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp butter
1 cup milk
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
6 cups unbleached white flour

  1. In a large bowl proof your starter by adding 1 cup sourdough starter to 1 1/2 cup flour and 1 1/2 cup "old" or filtered water. 
  2. Let it sit loosely covered for 8-12 hours.
  3. Once the starter is proofed, warm the milk and butter on the stove until the butter is melted. Add salt and sugar and mix well. Use low heat and watch the milk carefully so it doesn't scald. 
  4. Add the warm milk mixture to starter mix and combine well.
  5. Add the mixture and 6 cups of flour to the bread machine and set it to "dough" setting.
  6. Allow the bread machine to do the hard work. When the dough is well mixed, divide it in half and pat each half into a 1" thick oval, then roll into a loaf.
  7. Place the dough into greased loaf pans and let rise 1 1/2- 3 hours until the loaf rises 1-2" above the pan. In a cool room it may take more than 3 hours to rise. 
  8. Pre-heat oven to 375, add loaves and bake for 10 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350 and bake an additional 30-40 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool on baking racks. 

Once you make sourdough bread from a homemade starter, it will be difficult to go back to store bought bread! Try it for yourself and see if you can make the switch to homemade bread with real food ingredients.

Note: I use my bread machine to mix. You could also use a mixer or your hands if you want a good workout.

Do you like to bake your own bread?



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