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How to Make Sourdough Bread

Making sourdough bread is all about the starter….

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-Sourdough bread gets its tangy flavor from a starter. This is a leavener that makes the bread rise. It's a mixture of yeast, flour and water that develops its unique flavor over time. The starter needs 5 to 10 days to percolate before you can bake with it. So plan ahead. Having it ready to go is the key to a flavorful crusty sourdough bread. Making the starter is simple. Just dissolve the yeast in warm water then add flour, honey or sugar and mix until smooth. Now, cover the bowl with cheese cloth and let it stand at room temperature stirring a few times a day. Overtime, it'll start to bubble and smell yeasty, that's a good sign. After about 5 to 10 days, the bubbling will stop which means it's ready to use. To keep the starter going, feed any unused starter with more flour, water and a little honey or sugar and store in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Then, just stir in a little more honey or sugar every 10 days or so until you're ready to make more sourdough bread.