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Stupid Simple Sourdough Starter Recipe Bake Amazing Bread

Make this beautiful sourdough bread with this fast sourdough starter recipe. #fastsourdoughstarterrecipe #hartnana #sourdoughbread

Once you get this fast sourdough starter recipe making bread, pancakes and biscuits will be a daily thing!

Making Your Fast Sourdough Starter Recipe

Making a sourdough starter can be as easy as adding equal parts of flour and water to a mason jar. Cover the mason jar with a coffee filter then put the ring on. For the first week every day add 2 tablespoons of flour and water. Mix well. Using a variety of flours, like flax or rye can speed up the process.

There are sourdough starters you can purchase on Amazon which include the fast sourdough starter recipe to get it started.

Keeping Your Sourdough Starter Going

Once you get a sourdough starter going, you can freeze a bit in case of disaster or if you are going on vacation and don’t want to take your pet starter with you.

Naming Your Sourdough Starter

I make a ginger bug with my sourdough. Fred (my sourdough starter’s name) and Ginger sit on my counter behind my coffee pot. It makes remembering to feed my yeasty pets easier.

Now that you have your sourdough starter going you need a few easy bread recipes.

Over the years of making sourdough bread I have found a few tips that make consistently good sourdough bread using a sourdough starter.

Crusty Sourdough Bread Recipe

Make this beautiful sourdough bread with this fast sourdough starter recipe. #fastsourdoughstarterrecipe #hartnana #sourdoughbread

For One Crusty Loaf.

  • 3 cups flour – bread flour works best
  • 2 tablespoons starter
  • 2 1/2 cups of water

Add the water last you are going for a wet looking dough but not soupy. Let this sit on the counter for a couple hours then put in the fridge overnight. The next day start folding your dough.

Folding dough in the process of wetting your hand, then lifting the dough up and folding it on itself. Do this 4 times. Once in each cardinal direction. Do this every hour or so for the next six hours.

See how moist this bread is? That is what you are going for

After 6 or so turns you will need to shape your dough. This is the method I use.

Getting Ready to Bake

At this point I put my dutch oven in the oven and crank the heat up to 425. Leave the lid in the oven next to the dutch oven, not on it. Let this heat up for a good 30 to 45 minutes.

If you have left your dough sitting on the counter covered with a bowl you are going to need to tuck it under again. I do this all the time. Make sure you have flour under the loaf and just invert a glass or plastic bowl over the dough. When you get ready to put the dough in the oven you will want a piece of parchment paper.

Baking Tip For Beautiful Loaf

Put the dough on the parchment paper seem side down. Make sure it is tucked in good with a nice tight top of the dough. Dust the top lightly with flour. Put in a couple of slashes about a 1/2 in is good. Then put the whole thing including the parchment paper in the over. Cover with the lid and let cook for a good 20 minutes. No peaking!

After 20 minutes take the lid off. Slide the parchment paper out from under your bread and turn the over down to 375. Let the bread finish cooking for another 30 minutes or so. It will sound hollow and be golden brown when it is finished.

Let the bread sit on a rack for an hour or so to cool before cutting. I know, but resist the urge to cut it right away!

Can’t Wait For Your Starter?

To make a mock sourdough flavor to your bread while you are waiting for your fast sourdough starter recipe to develop, do this. Use 1/2 cup of butter milk combined with a half of a packet (for just one loaf) of INSTANT (also called rapid rise) yeast in the above recipe. Don’t use any starter and only go with 1 3/4 cup to 2 cups of water.

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Homemade Country Bread Recipe Real Artisan Bread

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Homemade country bread recipe for real artisan bread…as Dorcus Lane (don’t you just love her name?) on Larkrise to Candleford says,

Is my one true weakness…

Over the last ten years I have worked on perfecting good quality homemade country bread recipes. I’ve made lots of different types of bread, but the holy grail of real artisan bread is what I have found and will share with you today.

There are a few things you need to understand before we get started. Kind of like secrets I’ve discovered over the years when it comes to making a bread that has a beautiful crust and lovely crumb.

The first thing is that in order to achieve the desired results one must have steam at the beginning of the baking process and everything must be VERY hot.  I like to use my cast iron dutch oven. I don’t think it is really the same as the outdoor cooking dutch oven as it doesn’t have those little feet or flat top for putting coals on. It is just a deep dutch over that I inherited so long ago I can’t remember where I got it.

I use my 2 cast iron pans for almost everything I cook. They look like this:

cast iron pans

Don’t you love how the bell peppers make the picture pop? Yeah, me too. They will be for dinner tonight, roasted along with that eggplant (you can almost barely make out next to them) with Havarti cheese (because Stokes, the only grocery store within 40 miles of my house doesn’t carry brie, whatever) melted on my roasted garlic slathered fresh baguettes.

I better hurry up here, I’m getting hungry.

There are a couple other options that are covered in the book Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day – my birthday present from my family to me (well, yeah, of course I ordered it myself) that you could use if you don’t have a dutch oven.

This is the basic homemade country bread recipe:

  • 6 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 3 cups water (warm, like 100 degrees – some day I’m going to learn how to make that little degree circle, but it’s not today)
ingredients for homemade country bread recipes

Because this dough will last for up to 4 weeks (not in my house mind you) they suggest making it in a tub with a top that will fit in your fridge. As you use the last of the dough just make a new batch. You don’t even have to clean the bucket because the dough will keep growing. Think Sourdough.

Oh, and yes, I had to order San Francisco Sourdough starter too.

I had a sourdough starter going for quite some time about five years ago. I would only use that, flour, water and salt to make my bread. For awhile there it was going great…then I moved and never got back into it.

Update: I got back into it! See how to make a fast sourdough starter recipe here

I digress.

Directions for homemade country bread recipe:

Mix all of the ingredients together


Let them get to know each other for a couple hours (or overnight) on your counter

homemade country bread recipes dough

After at least 2 hours you can take 1/4 of the dough out of the bucket (or 1/2 of the dough) and shape it into a ball. Be gentle with this process you simply want to pull the dough around and down so you have a nice smooth ball of dough. Put a little flour on your hand to keep the dough from sticking but resist the temptation to work more flour into the dough or knead it.

Now let it Rest

Let this rest on a piece of parchment paper for at least 40 minutes (up to 90 minutes is good) It won’t rise a whole lot here, that’s okay it will rise in the oven.

While your bread is resting heat the oven up to 450 degrees with your dutch oven in the oven heating up too.

After 40 minutes place the dough on the parchment paper in the dutch over and put the lid on for about 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking another 20 minutes (ish) until you have that beautiful crust. When you take the lid off, slide the parchment paper out from under the bread carefully so as not to burn yourself.

When you are finished your bread should make cracking sounds (they call that singing). Let it rest for a couple hours. I know it is so tempting to dig right in, but if you resist your rewards will be great.

You can make baguettes too!

homemade baguettes

Because this homemade country bread recipe makes 4 loaves you could have fresh bread for dinner every day. You can double or triple the recipe depending on how many hungry mouths you are feeding.  Trust me when the word gets out in the neighborhood you will have to make lots. Random strangers will be stopping by to see how life is at your house, and “oh, by the way, could I sample your bread?”

Discover the 4 Secrets to Making Artisan Bread

4 Secrets to making consistently good artisan bread

Don’t forget to save this to your pinterest boards:

homemade baguettes