Yummy Sourdough Bread

Yummy Sourdough Bread


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About this recipe: There's nothing quite like homemade sourdough bread. This recipe takes a little while to make, but it's really worth it. Enjoy alongside dinner or as a sandwich bread.


Serves: 4 

  • 225ml warm water (49 degrees C)
  • 2 (7g) sachets dried active baking yeast
  • 250ml sourdough starter (recipe follows)
  • 450g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • For the Sourdough Starter
  • 450g grapes, stemmed
  • 340g bread flour
  • water, as needed

Prep:3days  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Extra time:2hr proofing  ›  Ready in:3days3hr50min 

  1. To make the sourdough starter; Mash the grapes thoroughly and place in a covered container. Allow to stand at room temperature for 48 hours.
  2. Strain off the fermented juice and discard the pulp.
  3. Add enough warm water to the juice to make 450ml.
  4. Stir in the flour and leave at room temperature overnight.
  5. Replenish with 600ml of warm water and 250g flour daily if the starter is kept at room temperature. If refrigerated, replenish twice a week.
  6. To make the bread: In a glass, sprinkle the dry yeast onto the surface of 4 tablespoons of the warm water and allow to stand until it becomes foamy.
  7. In a bowl, combine the rest of the water with 3/4 of the sourdough starter.
  8. Add 125g of the flour. Stir until the dough starts to form and then add the yeast mixture. Mix for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the remaining flour and the salt. Knead the dough until it is soft and elastic, 10 minutes or more.
  10. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place 27-32 degrees C until doubled in size.
  11. Punch down the dough and shape it into a round loaf. Place the loaf on a greased and polenta dusted baking tray.
  12. Let the loaf rise in a warm place, covered with a damp cloth, until it has doubled in size.
  13. Brush the loaf with beaten egg white and score the top of the loaf in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife.
  14. Bake at 230 C / Gas Gas 8 with a dish of boiling water under the oven rack for 10 minutes.
  15. Reduce the oven temperature to 190 C / Gas 5. Remove the water and continue baking until the bread is well browned, about 35-45 minutes.
  16. Cool on a rack.

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this is VERY yummy and morish. - 15 Nov 2010

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