Basic Sourdough Round I Recipe for Beginners and Minimalists
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Sourdough can be one of the healthiest changes to a modern diet. Once you get into the pattern of making dough once a week, there is no going back. Sourdough bread tastes better, can help regulate blood sugar and deliveries the benefits of whole grains better than any other process. Every baker needs a good basic sourdough round recipe. This one is whole wheat, which I think is important and pretty foolproof as long as you have a healthy starter. If you need a starter, you can pick one up in our homestead store. If your feeling crazy there are also some other essential recipes available there as well.
Whole Wheat Sourdough Round
What you will need:
Organic All Purpose Flour
Organic Whole Wheat Flour
Bread Form or Cloth Lined Bowl
Bread lame or razor blade
In your mixer bowl add:
160 grams healthy active starter
620 grams water
600 grams Organic All Purpose flour
200 grams Organic Whole Wheat flour
16 grams of sea salt
Strenthening and Shaping
You can either hand mix very well or use the dough hook on your mixer for about 5 minutes.
Get it out of the bowl clean, using flour and a spoon for scraping if needed
Plop it out on a well floured table.
Fold and knead the dough for a minute with your hands using flour to avoid sticking, creating a loose ball
Flour the entire thing again and cover with plastic wrap for an hour.
After an hour, fold and knead again for a minute, giving strength to the dough, cover using plenty of flour, for another hour
After another hour, repeat the folding and kneading again
Prepare your shaping and proofing vessel by flouring it well: bread form (reccommended), or a muslin cloth lined bowl will work
Divide the dough in half and place each half in a proofing vessel
Leave for 2-3 hours to allow some time to proof
When you have time the next day (anytime) preheat oven to 500 F
Take dough out of fridge and gently release dough from form onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Brush off any undesired flour on dough and allow to rest while your oven preheats
When oven is ready score or cut the dough with your bread lame or razor blade, be creative
Place in oven for 7 minutes at 500 F
After 7 minutes reduce heat to 450 F and leave for 25 minutes
After 25 minutes remove from oven and place on cooling rack
Try to make it at least an hour before you cut into the loaf!