Finding the perfect sourdough bread recipe could be sometimes tricky, but it shouldn’t stop you from wanting to prepare a delicious homemade bread for your family. Sourdough bread is perfect with soups, as breakfast toast and even served with homemade Italian dishes. Of course, as with any bread, there is more to making it than just following a sourdough bread recipe. There are a few secrets that everyone should know to successfully make this bread.
The first secret to a sourdough bread recipe is a great starter. A starter is a growing yeast blend that helps the bread to rise and gives sourdough the light, fluffy, moist interior that so many people love.
The following recipe is slightly different to the one I normally use, as it uses yeast in the starter, but I love the idea of using slightly different ingredients, like potatoes and dried milk in this one. The result gives you the taste of sourdough bread without the long wait.
Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe with dry yeast sourdough starter
3Tbsp Potato Flakes (Instant)
1c Water (medium-warm)
2 1/2tsp Dry Yeast
In a glass jar with lid or other covered container, combine ingredients and stir and store on the counter. Allow to sit for five days and stir it each day. On the fifth day, allow the starter to sit at room temperature for up to six hours. Then it will be ready to use.
The second secret to a sourdough bread recipe is a great recipe. The starter is just the base of your bread, you will still need to add other ingredients to get it ready to bake. Here is a recipe that can be used for this simple sourdough bread.
7c all-purpose, strong bread flour
1/4c dry milk powder
3Tbsp melted butter
1. In a large mixing bowl, add two cups of flour to the starter and mix it until smooth.
2. Cover the bowl with a damp, warm towel and allow to sit for 48 hours.
3. Add milk, sugar, salt and melted butter to the mixture. You will also want to add the remaining water and flour from the recipe.
4. Mix until smooth.
5. Shape into a round loaf and place on a greased baking pan.
6. Leave to prove again until it doubles in size
7. Bake at 350-degrees for 40 minutes or until the top of the bread is golden brown.
Any sourdough bread recipe such as this one is versatile. You can add additional herbs such as garlic, oregano and basil to create a unique flavor. Serve sourdough bread with dipping oil or bake it in the oven with a brush of garlic salt, Italian seasoning and butter alongside any pasta dish. Sourdough bread is also great for sandwiches, French toast or breakfast casserole.
Mastering your Sourdough Bread Recipe
Once you have mastered your sourdough bread recipe the sky is the limit. You can serve this with dip at holiday parties or office gatherings or simply enjoy it at home. The nice part about making this bread at home is that you will save money and calories over buying it from the shop. If you are baking for just one person, you can bake from just half of the bread mixture to make a smaller loaf. Alternatively, you can cut the bread in slices and freeze it until you need it.
The starter for this sourdough bread recipe can be continually “fed” by adding all of the ingredients every five days, except the yeast, and allow it to grow. You only need one cup of the starter mixture for a successful sourdough bread to continue baking.