Simple Sourdough Baguette Recipe

After weeks of feeling drained and unwell I have been finally bursting with food making energy! First up is a sourdough baguette! A really simple one at that! This recipe makes one baguette unless you want to rip the dough in half and make two smaller loaves for dips or small appetizers. I did both to show the difference. I also left the larger loaf to sour for about 18 hours compared to the 6 I left the two smaller loaves. This resulted in a loaf that had spread out and risen more in the case of the single loaf. Both were fairly dense but soft and delicious with thick chewy crusts. There are other recipes for an airy bread that I will share at another time. 

You will need: 

*2 cups flour

*1/2 cup sourdough starter

*1/2 warm (not hot) water

*1/2 tsp salt 

Mix all the ingredients together! No waiting to let the yeast rise. Super simple! 

Drop onto a floured surface to knead. The dough is slightly dry and cracks easily. Don’t worry about it. You only need to work it for a few minutes. 

Roll into a ball! Or two if you want smaller loaves. 

Roll ball into a log shape. If it’s cracking too much for you get a small bowl of warm water and dip your fingers in to help smooth cracks. 

Once you are satisfied with the shape you can cut indentations in if you would like for aesthetic appeal. 

Grease a baking sheet and sit your bread on it for 3-6 hours at least. The longer it sits the more it may rise but the more sour it will get as well. 

Preheat the oven to 425 F when ready to bake! I brushed my larger loaf with oil to help the crust darken better. The smaller loaves I brushed with salted butter about 10 minutes in. You don’t need to do either but it helps the color and in the case of the butter it adds flavor. 

Bake for 15 minutes or so. Without oil or butter it will be a very light tan but adding other things to the crust will result in a golden brown. 

You can serve immediately or let sit until the next day to rewarm and serve. Great for dipping into sauces, stews and soups or to cut into slices for appetizers! 

My daughter couldn’t wait for it too cool enough. Haha! She loves homemade bread so much.

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