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Sourdough French Bread Recipe
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Sourdough French Bread Recipe

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Since receiving the recipe for the Sourdough Starter, I've made this French bread countless times. In fact, one year I donated 2 dozen loaves for a benefit dinner! These loaves rival any found in stores and can be made with relative ease.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-3/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup Sourdough Starter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • CORNSTARCH WASH:
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the Sourdough Starter, oil, sugar, salt and 3 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough additional flour to form a soft ball.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; gently knead 20-30 times (dough will be slightly sticky). Place in a greased bow, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each into a 12-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch ends to seal. Place, seam side down, on two greased baking sheets; tuck ends under. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  4. With a sharp knife, make four shallow diagonal slashes across top of each loaves. In a small saucepan, combine water and cornstarch. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Brush some over loaves.
  5. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Brush loaves with the remaining cornstarch wash. Bake 5-10 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2 loaves (10 slices each).
Originally published as Sourdough French Bread in Best of Country Breads 2000, p53


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germanycook
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I liked this bread -my first try at sourdough. However next time I will add more starter because I expected the bread to be more 'sour'. I added more flour as suggested, used a total of 4-3/4 cups and it turned out really nice!"

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MizSmif
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"There is not enough flour for this amount of liquid. The dough is way to sticky."

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McMaggie
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Terrific recipe. A little sticky but fun to make. My husband loved it."

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sstarl
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2013

"I never dreamed that I could actually make this. I am a novice bread baker. It took me 8 times over 30 years to make croissants work. This was awesome."

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arnetage
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013 Edited Oct. 20, 2013

"LOVED IT. USED BEAN STOCK IN PLACE OF WATER FOR MORE FLAVOR AND NUTRIENTS. ALSO SUBSTITUTED EGG WHITE FOR CORNSTARCH, AND USED BREAD FLOUR FOR HALF THE FLOUR.

UPDATE: ADDED 3 TBS. VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN AND USED 1 CUP OF RYE FLOUR. THIS BREAD GETS BETTER EVERY TIME I BAKE IT, WHICH IS NOW AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. WE CAN'T STOP EATING IT!!!"

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tortellini
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"Always turns out super. Wonderful texture. Do use more flour, though, as is pretty sticky."

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Pilates51
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2013

"Made this bread today. It was easy and rose well. I did need more than 4 1/4 cups of flour to get the soft ball. I used about 5 cups."

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quietbaker
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2012

"I have made this recipe a couple of times and it hasn't failed. This will be one I will keep and use often. Not only did the bread look good it taste fantastic."

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quietbaker
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"I made this recipe for the first time today and the bread is delicious. This will be my brench bread recipe from now on. Used my sourdough starter and everything turned out wonderful.Thank You for this recipe"

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feedthemwell
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"Wow!! This bread was amazing and really simple. My family LOVED this recipe! I made two loaves, we ate one for dinner and I sliced and immediately froze the other one and had it with another meal. Stayed perfectly fresh in the freezer and thawed on the counter within an hour."

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