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Whole Wheat Sourdough French Bread

Ingredients
  Water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs), warm
  Warm water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)
  Baking yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Sourdough starter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Honey 2 Teaspoon
  Salt 2 Teaspoon
  Whole wheat flour 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Whole wheat flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Directions

In a large bowl stir together the water, yeast, starter, honey, salt, and 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Stir for about 5 minutes until the dough feels elastic. Cover and let rise until double (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours).
Mix the baking soda with 1 of the remaining cups of whole wheat flour and add it to the dough. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, using the other cup of whole wheat flour if it is needed. The dough should be very elastic and satiny.
Let rise again until double (about 1 hour). Punch down, add more flour if necessary, and knead a few times.
Shape the dough into 2 oblong loaves (for fondue) or 1 round loaf. Place on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, cover, and let rise until double- 45-60 minutes.
Slash with a knife or razor blade, brush with water. To slash the bread, cut four lines into the top of the loaves about one-half inch deep.
Bake at 400°F, with a pan of hot water on the lower shelf of the oven, for about 45 minutes until well browned.
For fondue, cut the bread into 1-inch cubes after it has cooled. Be sure each cube has some crust. You can store the cubes (or loaves) in plastic (not PVC) bags for a day or more.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Snack
Method: 
Baked
Dish: 
Bread
Restriction: 
Vegetarian
Interest: 
Party

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2848 Calories from Fat 148

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 18 g27.3%

Saturated Fat 2.9 g14.6%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 4666.8 mg194.4%

Total Carbohydrates 604 g201.4%

Dietary Fiber 108.5 g434.2%

Sugars 11.4 g

Protein 121 g241.5%

Vitamin A 1.4% Vitamin C 0.36%

Calcium 31% Iron 198.3%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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Whole Wheat Sourdough French Bread Recipe