Hipsters stole my hobby
I hate being part of trends. I want to be original. So this past year, when the whole world was in lockdown and bread making became a thing everyone was doing, I was pissed. I make bread! That’s my thing! It sounds impressive and people like it and now everyone was doing it.
I have been making sourdough for three years. I am not great at it. Some loafs turn out and some don’t and I swear I am doing the same thing each time. I have no idea why my sourdough started sometimes grows and sometimes gets a weird liquid on top. Not a clue. But what I do know is that when the bread does come out and I do get to share it with the people I love, it is such a wonderful feeling knowing that I created that bread literally from scratch.
So, becuase I would like you to too be able to break bread with your friends and family, I am sharing my recipe with you!
Emma’s Decent Sourdough
1 tablespoon sourdough starter
1/2 c flour
1/3 c water
Mix and let sit over night, it should be bubbly and float in water
1 tablespoon salt
2.5 c water
5.5 c flour
Dissolve salt in 1/2 c water
Mix leaven and 2 c water
Let sit for 30 minutes to 4 hours
Mix in salt water
Fold clockwise four times every 30 minutes, 6 times total
Rise dough 30-60 min
Take dough out of bowl and divide in half
Shape dough into rounds, same as folding but scrape dough up and over the top
Rest 20-30 minutes
Prep proofing baskets. You can also use a bowl and wrap the loaf loosely in a towel covered in flour
Shape loaves, same as before. Taunt
Put in proofing spot and let sit for 3-4 hours on counter or overnight in fridge. 4 hours usually works best for me
Preheat oven to 475 with dutch oven inside then bake as described below:
475 degrees with lid for 20 minutes
415 with lid for 10 minutes
25-35 minutes, watch loafs. You want it to almost look burned (but not too burned- one of my first loaves was so over baked it broke a knife)
Let cool and enjoy!