Rustic Sourdough Bread - King Arthur

This chewy loaf, with its deep-brown crust, can be made in two versions: with rich, deep, flavor, and very mild tang; or with assertive sour flavor, typical of a San Francisco sourdough loaf. We love this bread for its chewiness and golden crust, ideal qualities for panini; try it with ham and cheese, for a new take on that favorite sandwich. Hands-on time: 12 mins. to 15 mins. Baking time: 25 mins. to 30 mins. Total time: 3 hrs 7 mins. to 3 hrs 45 mins. Yield: Two 10" loaves, 32 servings

Rustic Sourdough Bread - King Arthur

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  • 1

    cup "fed" sourdough starter

  • cups lukewarm water

  • 2

    teaspoons instant yeast

  • 1

    tablespoon sugar

  • teaspoons salt

  • 5

    cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


) Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough. 2) Allow the dough to rise, in a covered bowl, until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes. 3) Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat. 4) Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves; or, for longer loaves, two 10" to 11" logs. Place the loaves on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F. 5) Spray the loaves with lukewarm water. 6) Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife, wielded firmly, works well here. 7) Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and cool on a rack. Nutrition information Serving Size: 1 slice Servings Per Batch: 16 per loaf Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80 Calories from Fat: 5 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g. Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 180mg Total Carbohydrate: 17g Dietary Fiber: 1g Sugars: 1g Protein: 3g.


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