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This handmade, delicious Sourdough Artisan Loaf is crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.

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There is something remarkable that occurs when you make things with your own hands. Sure you can go and buy a sourdough loaf. Believe me, there have been many moments when looking down at the mess I have made or the flat loaf that didn’t rise properly, where I have thought. What am I doing here? And more importantly, why?

Without question, those moments pass. Because it occurs to me deeply that there is so much more to it then the sum of it’s parts.

It’s the skills being developed. The love in the act. The pride of the end product. But above all, it is the quiet work we do with our hands each day that make up our lives. And for that, the answer to why, is found. So I keep going.

What You Will Need To Make a Sourdough Artisan Loaf

3 cups all purpose flour

½ cup fed starter

1 cup of water

1 ½  tsp sea salt

Directions

In a large bowl add the entire contents and mix until you have a flakey ball of dough. Flour a surface well.

Then take your hands and place the dough ball on that surface and knead for approximately 7-10 minutes consistently. You may use a hand mixer with a dough hook but you hands will work just fine.

Your dough will be ready when its a soft like supple consistency.

bowl with tea towel drapped over

Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let sit for 8-24 hours. 

Once the dough has risen. Punch it to deflate it and put it on a  floured surface and roll it back into a ball. Place it back in the bowl for another 2-4 minutes to allow it to do its final rise. 

dough board with a tea towel over dough

When ready to bake, heat the oven to 450℉/232℃. Place a dutch oven with lid inside while it heats. When the oven is ready, remove the dutch oven. Cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit the loaf in the center once baked.

knife scoring sourdough artisan loaf

Place the dough ball on the paper. Score with a knife ( as shown) and place it inside the dutch oven and cover. Put inside the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, take the lid off the dutch oven and continue baking for another 15 minutes. 

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FAQ Sourdough Artisan Loaf

What does “fed” starter mean?

This means that you have added more flour and water to your starter and have allowed it sit out on your counter to ferment for a minimum of 4 ours prior to use. Your starter is active and ready when you see the beautiful bubbles as picture below.

a close up picture of sourdough starter

Can I use regular yeast in place of the starter?

You can not make actual sourdough bread without a starter but you can still make a delicious loaf of bread. Here is a perfect recipe for using store bought active yeast Easy Artisan No Knead Bread

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Sourdough Artisan Loaf

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 55 minutes

A delicious handmade crusty loaf of bread with a soft inside.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups
  • 1/2 cup fed sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ingredients completely with your hands.
  2. On a floured surface, begin kneading the dough either by hand or with a dough hook and mixer. If by hand you will knead for about 7-10 minutes continuosly in order for the dough to rise You may use a hand mixer with a dough hook but you hands will work just fine..
  3. Your dough will be ready when its a soft like supple consistency.
  4. Place the ball of dough in a greased bowl and cover with a tea towel. Let sit for 8-24 hours. 
  5. Once the dough has risen. Punch it to deflate it and put it on a floured surface and roll it back into a ball.
  6. Place it back in the bowl for another 2-4 minutes to allow it to do its final rise. 
  7. When ready to bake, heat the oven to 450 degrees.
  8. Place a dutch oven with lid inside while it heats. When the oven is ready, remove the dutch oven.
  9. Cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit the loaf in the center once baked.
  10. Place the dough ball on the paper.
  11. Score with a knife ( as shown) and place it inside the dutch oven and cover.
  12. Put inside the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes.
  13. At the 30 minute mark, take the lid off the dutch oven and continue baking for another 15 minutes. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 27Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 438mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

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