Homemade Sourdough Bread: Artisanal Joy
There’s something truly magical about crafting your own Homemade Sourdough Bread. The blend of earthy aromas, the satisfying crunch of a perfectly crisped crust, and the tender, airy texture of the crumb all come together in a symphony of artisanal joy. The process itself is a labor of love, a testament to patience and tradition. With every loaf, you’re not just baking bread; you’re creating a connection to generations past, when bread-making was both an art and a science.
- 3 cups organic bread flour
- 1 ½ cups lukewarm water
- 1 cup active sourdough starter
- 2 tsp sea salt
- In a large bowl, mix the sourdough starter and lukewarm water until well combined.
- Add the flour and sea salt, then knead the mixture into a sticky dough.
- Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise for about 8 hours.
- Gently fold the dough onto itself a few times, then shape it into a round loaf.
- Place the dough in a floured banneton and let it proof for another 2 hours.
- Preheat your oven and a Dutch oven inside it to 450°F (232°C).
- Score the top of the dough, place it in the preheated Dutch oven, and bake with the lid on for 30 minutes.
- Remove the lid and continue baking for an additional 15-20 minutes until the crust is beautifully golden.
- Cool the bread on a wire rack before slicing and savoring every bite.
Total time: 10 hours
Yields: 1 delicious loaf
Homemade Sourdough Bread embodies the essence of traditional baking, resulting in a crusty masterpiece with an airy crumb.
Nutrition information: Calories: 180 | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 2g
Crafting your own sourdough bread isn’t just about following a recipe; it’s about embracing a time-honored practice that transforms simple ingredients into a work of culinary art. As you savor the first bite of your freshly baked loaf – the crackling crust giving way to the soft, tangy interior – you’re experiencing the result of dedication and passion. Let this recipe be your gateway to the world of sourdough, where each slice is a journey into the heart of artisanal joy.