Sourdough French Bread

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Sourdough French Bread

1 C Sourdough Starter

1 C warm water

1 1/2 C flour

2 t salt

2/3 C warm water

4 1/2 to 5 1/2 C flour

Corn meal

2 T melted butter

Sea salt

In a large glass, stoneware or plastic (I do use my stainless although not recommended), using wooden spoon , stir together Sourdough Starter and 1 C water.  Gradually stir in 1 1/2 C flour.  Cover and let sit overnight (at least 12 hours).

Stir in 2/3 C warm water and enough additional flour to make a soft dough.  Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, 5 – 7 minutes.

Place in a large greased bowl, turning dough so that top is greased.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

Punch down dough.  Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface and knead until no longer sticky.  Divide in half.  Let rest for 5 minutes.

Shape into loaves with palms of hands.

Sprinkle cookie sheet with corn meal.  Place each loaf onto cookie sheet.  With a very sharp knife, make shallow slices in top of loaves.  Brush with melted butter and let rise for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400.  Sprinkle sea salt on top of loaves.  Bake for 25 – 35  minutes.  Immediately remove from cookie sheet and let cool.  Makes 2 loaves.

2 Responses to Sourdough French Bread

  1. Elevator Woman says:

    Super delicious! Thanks for the receipe!

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