Cookbook:San Francisco Sourdough Bread

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San Francisco Sourdough Bread
Servings1 loaf
Difficulty

IngredientsEdit

Sourdough starterEdit

BreadEdit

  • 8½ oz (225 ml) water, warm (120°F / 49°C)
  • ½ oz (15 g) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup (225 ml) sourdough starter
  • 1 lb (450 g) flour
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) salt
  • 1 egg white, beaten

ProcedureEdit

Sourdough starterEdit

 
Starter
  1. Mash the grapes thoroughly and place in a loosely-covered container. Allow to stand at room temperature for 48 hours.
  2. Strain off the fermented juice and discard the pulp.
  3. Add warm water to the juice to make 1 pint (450 ml).
  4. Stir in the flour, and leave at room temperature overnight.
  5. Replenish with 1 pint of warm water and 2 cups of flour daily if the starter is kept at room temperature. If refrigerated, replenish twice a week.

BreadEdit

  1. In a glass measuring cup, sprinkle the dry yeast onto the surface of 4 tablespoons of the warm water and allow to stand until it becomes foamy.
  2. In a bowl, combine the rest of the water with the sourdough starter.
  3. Add 1 cup of the flour. Stir until the dough starts to form and then add the yeast mixture. Mix for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining flour and the salt. Knead the dough until it is soft and elastic, 10 minutes or more.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place (ca. 80°F/27°C to 90°F/32°C) until doubled.
  6. Punch down the dough and shape it into a round loaf. Place the loaf on a greased and corn-meal dusted sheet pan.
  7. Let the loaf rise in a warm place, covered with a damp cloth, until it has doubled in size.
  8. Brush the loaf with beaten egg white and score the top of the loaf in a criss-cross pattern with a sharp knife.
  9. Bake at 450°F (230°C) with a pan of boiling water under the oven rack for 10 minutes.
  10. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C), remove the water and continue baking until the bread is well browned (about 35–45 minutes).
  11. Cool on a rack.