Sourdough Artisan Bread and Biscuits

I have been experimenting with a new “wet dough” method of making homemade bread. This all came about by posting a comment on the Predatory Lies blog, and winning an bread-making book. Thanks Abby!

It is called Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and you can get it HERE from Amazon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the bread is not technically a sourdough bread needing a starter, it does take on sourdough type flavour the longer the dough sits. Here is what my version looks like:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This makes a true crusty bread, and is pretty easy too.You can make 4 small loaves from one batch, or use it for a few pizzas.

But I am a loyal sourdough girl- after all, my parents once owned a sourdough bakery- and I always have a batch of starter in my refrigerator. I often add some starter to my bread machine recipes, and use less water. The kids always ask me, “Does it have sourdough?” because they like it better. It makes a more moist, tasty loaf.

Here is a simple BISCUIT RECIPE  calling for sourdough starter:

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. sugar

Mix together. Cut in 1/2 c. shortening or lard until like coarse oatmeal.

Add:

1 cup sourdough starter

1/2 cup milk

Gently knead and roll out on floured surface. Cut and place on sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake at 400*F until golden brown.

What about you? Do you make homemade bread? What is your favourite kind of bread?

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