A simple lean sourdough loaf made with just flour, water and salt. This bread is perfect to make panini or bruschetta or to serve with soup nor salad . The flavors are complex and very refreshing. When made with mature starter it acquires a light tang as well.
Course Bread, Side Dish
Keyword Sourdough Bread
Prep Time 25minutes
Cook Time 45minutes
Total Time 6hours
1CSourdough Starter (200g) See Notes
1 1/4TspFine Sea Salt 8 g
1/2 C + More Water (125g)
Add the starter, flour and salt to a large bowl in the given order. Add water and stir to combine. Lightly knead for a minute to moisten all the flour. Cover and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
Knead for 10 minutes till the dough becomes soft and pliable.If necessary, add a little more water /flour while kneading. Form into a ball, transfer to a container and cover and set aside to double, about 2 to 4 hours.
Punch down the dough. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead gently for 1 minute. Form into a round loaf and transfer to a baking dish.Cover and set aside to double - about 1 hour.
Pre-heat oven to 400ºF (200º C). Transfer the loaf to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.
Reduce the temperature to 350ºF (170º C) and bake for 30 to35 more minutes or till done.
Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.