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Homemade Sourdough Sandwich Bread




Homemade sourdough sandwich bread is a delicious and nutritious option for your daily lunches. With its tangy flavor and soft texture, it's perfect for sandwiches or toast. In this recipe, we'll guide you through the steps to make your own sourdough sandwich bread.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup active sourdough starter

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water

  • 4 cups bread flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/4 cup milk (for brushing)


Instructions:


Part 1: Mixing the Dough


1. Combine Starter and Water: In a large mixing bowl, combine the active sourdough starter and warm water. Stir until they are well blended.


2. Add Flour and Salt: Gradually add the bread flour and salt to the starter mixture. Mix until a dough forms.


3. Knead the Dough: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic.


4. Add Honey and Olive Oil: Incorporate the honey and olive oil into the dough. Knead for an additional 2-3 minutes to ensure even distribution.


5. First Rise: Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise at room temperature for 6-8 hours, or until it doubles in size.


Part 2: Shaping and Second Rise


6. Prepare the Loaf Pan: Grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.


7. Shape the Dough: After the first rise, punch down the dough to release excess air. Shape it into a rectangle that's roughly the width of the loaf pan.


8. Second Rise: Place the dough into the greased loaf pan. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rise for an additional 2-4 hours, or until it reaches the top of the pan.


Part 3: Baking the Bread


9. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) while the dough is in its final rise.


10. Brush with Milk: Gently brush the top of the loaf with milk. This will give it a golden crust.


11. Bake: Place the loaf pan in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.


12. Cool and Slice: Allow the bread to cool in the pan for a few minutes, then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, slice and enjoy your homemade sourdough sandwich bread!


This sourdough sandwich bread is perfect for making delicious sandwiches, toast, or even enjoying on its own. With its unique flavor and soft texture, it's sure to become a household favorite.

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