Sourdough bread is the best bread there is. No argument, no debate, it just IS.
Remember that time we made a sourdough starter from scratch? That was so much fun! How's yours doing? Did you name it? I hope it's thriving well, all bubbly and active or hibernating peacefully in your refrigerator.
How about we put your wild yeast to work now?
Naturally, I think the first thing you should make with your pet sourdough starter is a nice chewy, crusty loaf of sourdough bread. I have a deep love for the particular type of bread. There's nothing quite like the complex, deep flavor of sourdough. Some recipes try to replicate it by using buttermilk or the like, but it just doesn't compare to authentic, true sourdough bread.
Once you have a sourdough starter, making a loaf of bread with it at home is easy. This does take a little pre-planning, though. Definitely plan on making this loaf a two-day project because first we need to wake your sourdough starter up! If you've had your starter sleeping in the fridge, it needs some time to get going.
So make sure you feed it just as you normally do and then let it sit at room temperature for about 6 hours, until it's bubbly and active - then you're ready to go!
There are plenty of recipes out there that can be done in one day but I prefer a longer, slower rise because this allows the flavor to deepen and develop more. You just can't rush that. Oh, trust me! It's definitely well worth the wait.
This bread is tangy without being smack ya in the face sour. Just enough to let you know that this is no ordinary loaf of bread, it’s an extraordinary loaf of bread. Now, go rouse that sleepy sourdough starter from its peaceful slumber and get baking!