Sourdough Bread

This recipe was shared with me by Thomas Vogt.  He wrote it out as a flow chart, and when he did, everything just clicked for me!  It’s not hard, even for this mediocre baker, but it does take time!  I usually do it over two days.

Thomas gave me four ounces of his starter to kick things off.  Here’s a transcription of the rest of the process.  I used a digital scale for exact measurements, taring after I added each ingredient.

  1. Combine: 4 oz starter, 4 oz water, 4 oz flour.  Leave at room temp (or slightly above) for 2-6 hours.
  2. Split above into 4 oz, and 8 oz.  Put the 4 oz back in the fridge for the next loaf.
  3. To the remaining 8 oz, add 12 oz of warm water and 12.75 oz of flour.  Let sit, covered, for four hours. (Optional: 12 hours to two days in the fridge)
  4. Add 8.5 oz flour, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2.25 teaspoons of salt.
  5. Cover and let rise, folding 3-4 times every 30-60 minutes.
  6. Using a sharp knife, score the bread a few times.  (I just did three slashes right across the top.)
  7. Bake at 425-450° F for 30-40 minutes.

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