Making your own sourdough bread at home is a fun kitchen project that’s totally worth the effort!
Active sourdough starter Unbleached bread flour Water
Water Sea salt Unbleached bread flour
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and stir well, until a thick batter forms. Cover and let this rest on the counter at room temperature overnight.
Dissolve the salt in water. Add the remaining water to the levain. Stir in the flour to form a dough. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest at room temperature for 45 minutes.
Add the salt water to the dough and mix it in by hand. Starting on one side of the dough and moving clockwise, grab the dough and fold it over onto itself. Repeat 4 times. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes, then repeat the folding and resting process 6 more times.
Cover the bowl of dough with a kitchen towel and let it rest at room temperature for an hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and cut the dough in half Shape each half into balls.
Rest again. Place two clean kitchen towels in the bottom of two medium mixing bowls. Dust the towels heavily with flour, rubbing it in well.
Working clockwise, repeat the folding method, folding 4 times. On the last fold, flip the dough so the floured surface is on top.
Refrigerate. Preheat your dutch oven. Slide dough into the pots, seam side down. Score the top of the dough. Bake!
Remove the bread from the Dutch ovens and let the loaves cool completely on a wire rack.
While making your own sourdough bread takes some effort, it’s really not that difficult. And the results are so worth it!
And if you serve this sourdough bread at a party? Be prepared for everyone to be really impressed!