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BM# 51 — Baking Marathon: Day 4

Bake of the Day: Breads — Basic Sourdough Sandwich Loaf

I have had sourdough starter for more than 4 years now, but as a family we are not much into crusty breads. So I don’t call myself a sourdough baker, I have a sourdough starter that I use along with quite a bit of yeast to make soft, everyday not-so crusty breads. Real sourdough bakers utilize the starter itself to leaven the breads instead of relying on yeast.

As I was looking for sourdough sandwich bread, I found this beginner bread recipe on the Kitchn blog and one look at the pictures I knew this was exactly what I need to bake with my starter. I followed the recipe to the ‘T’ and the bread turned out just perfect. Here’s my just fed, bubbly sourdough starter. Here’s the post with the recipe for the Sourdough Starter.

As you can see, the bread has a nice golden brown crust with a soft, fluffy crumb. Tastes great with butter or a smear of Nutella (my son’s favorite way to enjoy his bread). Do give this bread a try if you are a sourdough baking newbie. 

Recipe adapted from the Kitchn:

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Basic Sourdough Sandwich Loaf Yum
Sourdough bread with a nice golden brown crust with a soft, fluffy crumb. Tastes great with butter or a smear of Nutella
Basic Sourdough Sandwich Loaf
Course breads
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 240 minutes
Servings
x
Ingredients
  • cups All purpose Flour
  • 1 ~ 1¼ cups Whole wheat flour White (or use 2¼~2½cups of all purpose flour)
  • 1 cup Sourdough Starter - fed
  • 1 tsp Yeast Instant
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • tsps Salt
  • ½ ~ ¾ cups Water Lukewarm
Course breads
Cuisine american
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Passive Time 240 minutes
Servings
x
Ingredients
  • cups All purpose Flour
  • 1 ~ 1¼ cups Whole wheat flour White (or use 2¼~2½cups of all purpose flour)
  • 1 cup Sourdough Starter - fed
  • 1 tsp Yeast Instant
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • tsps Salt
  • ½ ~ ¾ cups Water Lukewarm
Basic Sourdough Sandwich Loaf
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl or the bowl of the stand mixer. Start with ½cup of water and more 1tbsp at a time. Mix and knead to form a smooth and pliable dough. If using stand mixer, knead the dough for 7~8 minutes. If kneading by hand, then knead for 10~12 minutes.
  2. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 1½~2 hours.
  3. Once risen, turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Shape the dough into a rough ball and rest covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Grease a 8½x4½ loaf pan. Shape the dough into a sandwich loaf and transfer it into the greased loaf pan. Cover the pan loosely with greased plastic wrap and let it rise until the dough rises 1" over the rim of the pan, about 1~1½hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450°F towards the end of the rising time.
  6. Slash the top of the loaf with a sharp knife and bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 400°F and continue to bake for another 25~30 minutes, until the top is deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Total baking time is 35~40 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and then take the bread out of the pan on to a wire rack and let cool completely before slicing.
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22 thoughts on “Basic Sourdough Sandwich Loaf”

  1. Always want to try my hands with sourdough starter but am bit skeptical as my family members are nt great fans of sourdough breads, wish i give a try soon.. btw loaf looks stunning.

  2. so the original Pavani starter dough was waiting to explode out here..this bread looks fabulous and no matter how many recipes i see for this would always keep falling for it…

  3. Another great loaf! I love the fact that it used a starter. This would be perfect for packed lunch sandwiches.

  4. Another delicious and perfectly made bread in this series.The bread got a very nice texture and feel like grabbing it..

  5. Wow Pavani! The bread look so good and lovely color too. I want to make a sour dough starter but something is really holding me back….

  6. Pavani, not enough words to explain how I feel…the bread looks out of the world!..and no need to talk about the clicks!.you must be bored hearing us saying they are stunning right..:)

  7. Bread looks amazingly hole-y!!!! Love that texture!! I so want to try my hands with sourdough, hopefully before the end of this year!!! 🙂

  8. Pavani, I just don’t have words to describe your lovely breads! This is such a great looking bread with lovely crumb!

  9. Now I plan to make these loves this one in winter and the rest when looking down is not a pain. I wish I could make them right now.

  10. Looking at all your sour dough loaves, I am tempted to start my starter again. This sandwich loaf looks perfect…

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