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Sour Dough Bread

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  Flour 1 Cup (16 tbs), sifted
  Cold water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Flour 5 Cup (80 tbs), sifted
  Salt 1 Tablespoon
  Water 1 Cup (16 tbs) (105-15° F)
  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon (1 Package)
  Sour dough starter 1 Cup (16 tbs)

Prepare starter at least 2 days before you plan to use it.
Mix flour and water until smooth in a 1-quart bowl or glass jar; add sugar and stir until dissolved.
Cover loosely and let stand in a warm (about 80° F.), draft-free place until fermented (mixture will be bubbly and smell sour); stir from time to time during fermentation.
For the bread, sift flour with salt and sugar and set aside.
Pour warm water into a warm large bowl, sprinkle in yeast, and stir to dissolve.
Mix in starter, then flour, a little at a time, working last bit in with your hands.
Knead on a lightly floured board until elastic, 8-10 minutes.
Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl, and turn to grease all over.
Cover with cloth and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch down, knead lightly 1-2 minutes, and divide in half.
Shape into 2 round or long, tapering loaves and arrange 3" apart on a lightly floured baking sheet.
Cover and let rise until nearly doubled in bulk.
Toward end of rising, preheat oven to 400° F.
Brush tops of loaves with cold water and, if you like, make a diagonal 1/4" deep slash the length of loaf with a sharp knife.
Bake with a shallow pan half full of hot water on shelf below loaves 35-40 minutes until well browned and hollow sounding when tapped.
Cool on wire racks before cutting.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
40 Minutes
Ready In: 
60 Minutes

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 801 Calories from Fat 23

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g4.2%

Saturated Fat 0.31 g1.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 1461.5 mg60.9%

Total Carbohydrates 168 g56.1%

Dietary Fiber 5.9 g23.4%

Sugars 6.3 g

Protein 22 g43.7%

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0.02%

Calcium 3.3% Iron 51.9%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Sour Dough Bread Recipe