From the Editor: Please welcome Erin, Cultures for Health Social Media Coordinator and Cultured Kitchen Keeper.
This is seriously the easiest sourdough sandwich bread that I have ever made. I now make loaves for my entire family. I give one to my mom, dad, brother and mother-in-law. Add in our loaf a week and I have to make 5-6 loaves a week! So it has to be easy right? IT IS! I originally picked up the recipe here.
I am now going to walk you through my process and how to make one loaf.
You will need:
1 9X5 loaf pan (I prefer the pans with straight sides, so my loaves come out well for sandwiches!)
2 cups of sourdough starter
3 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 TBS of salt
Up to 2 cups of water
2. When your sourdough is bubbly and ready to be used, then it is time to make your bread! Look how bubbly it is!
3. Grease a large loaf pan with butter. I have found through trial and error that butter works much better than coconut oil in regards to creating a nonstick surface for this bread!
4. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of your active starter, 3 1/4 cups of flour (I use sprouted wheat or spelt), 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt and up to 2 cups of water. Keep adding the water until you reach an oatmeal consistency. This is a no knead loaf, so you do not want it to be like regular bread dough! This dough is much, much wetter. (Then feed your starter and stick it back on the counter).
5. Mix this dough with a wooden spoon (or your hands ) for 5-10 minutes until you can see it starting to stick together a bit. The gluten has developed. It will be a lot like pancake or cake batter. Maybe a tad bit thicker, like thick oatmeal.
6. Fill the loaf pan about 1/2-3/4 full and place it in a warm spot on your counter for 7 hours. (you can see my experiments in the above picture If you fill your loaf pan too full, you may get overflow! Sticky and messy, but still yummy!
7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake the loaf for 1 hour -1 hour and 20 minutes. I live in a humid climate so need the longer bake time. Also, if you do more than 1 loaf, you may want the longer bake time as well. What a beautiful sandwich bread loaf right?!
Are you ready to try this?