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Sourdough French Bread

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  Active dry yeast 1 Tablespoon
  Warm water 1 1⁄4 Cup (20 tbs)
  All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Sourdough starter 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  All purpose flour 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Baking soda 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Corn meal 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Cold water 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Egg white 1
  Cold water 2 Tablespoon

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl.
Beat in 3 cups flour, the Sourdough Starter, sugar and salt.
Mix 1 cup flour and the baking soda; stir into sourdough mixture.
Beat with wooden spoon until smooth and flour is completely absorbed.
If necessary, gradually add enough remaining flour, stirring until all flour is absorbed.
Turn dough onto heavily floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Place in greased bowl; turn greased side up.
Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 1 1/2 hours.
Punch down dough; divide into halves.
Roll each half into rectangle, 15x10 inches, on lightly floured surface.
Roll up tightly, beginning at a 15-inch side.
Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal.
Roll gently back and forth to taper ends.
Sprinkle lightly greased cookie sheet with cornmeal.
Place loaves on cookie sheet.
Make 1/4-inch deep slashes across loaves at 2-inch intervals, or make 1/4-inch deep slash down loaves.
Brush tops of loaves with cold water.
Let rise until slightly more than double, about 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375°.
Brush loaves with cold water.
Bake on middle oven rack 20 minutes.
Beat egg white and 2 tablespoons cold water; brush over loaves.
Bake until loaves sound hollow when tapped, about 25 minutes longer.
Cool on wire rack.

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Main Dish

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2676 Calories from Fat 124

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 14 g21.2%

Saturated Fat 1.2 g6.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 3438.2 mg143.3%

Total Carbohydrates 551 g183.8%

Dietary Fiber 39.4 g157.5%

Sugars 16.5 g

Protein 84 g167.5%

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0.33%

Calcium 13.4% Iron 199.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Sourdough French Bread Recipe