No-Knead Sourdough Bread Recipe

Use this no-knead sourdough bread recipe to create your own San Francisco sourdough bread. Bake it in a cast-iron Dutch oven.

| December 2013/January 2014

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    Try this sourdough bread recipe for a treat the family will enjoy.
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This is a “San Francisco-style” sourdough bread recipe, with a crackly crust and a chewy texture. Yield: 1 loaf.

No-Knead Sourdough Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 3/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups water
Coarse cornmeal, for dusting



Instructions:

1. Combine flour, yeast and salt in large mixing bowl and whisk together. Combine sourdough starter and water in large mixing cup and add to flour mixture. Mix with rubber spatula until you have a thoroughly mixed, wet, sticky mass of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 12 to 18 hours.

2. After at least 12 hours have passed, your dough should be dotted with bubbles and more than doubled in size. Dust wooden cutting board with bread flour. Scrape dough loose from sides of bowl and turn out dough onto board in one piece. The dough will be loose and sticky, but do not add more flour.

3. Dust top lightly with flour and cover with clean cotton or linen tea towel. Let dough rise an additional 1 to 2 hours. About 30 minutes before second rise is complete, place a 3 1/2-quart cast-iron Dutch oven (oval-shaped gives best results) on rack positioned in middle of oven. Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Once oven has reached desired temperature, remove pot and sprinkle about 1 teaspoon coarse cornmeal evenly over bottom. Uncover dough and, using two plastic dough scrapers, shape dough into a ball by folding it over onto itself a few times. With scrapers, lift dough carefully and let it fall into heated pot by slowly separating scrapers. Dust top of dough with coarse cornmeal. Cover pot and bake for 35 minutes.

4. Remove cover from pot, rotate, and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes, or until loaf is nicely browned. Remove pot from oven. With sturdy wooden or metal spatula, pry loaf from pot and transfer to cooling rack. Allow bread to cool for 1 hour before slicing.

Read More: Check out the Rustic Sourdough Bread Recipe and A Step By Step Sourdough Recipe Guide, and enter to Win an Electric Grain Mill!

yespat
5/22/2019 7:09:17 PM

I hope someone will answer the question regarding why yeast was added.


tracyw69
11/15/2017 2:33:49 AM

Yeast? Why are you putting YEAST into a sourdough bread??? Yuck! That will destroy the yummy sourdough twang and it's totally not necessary. Too much flour, not enough starter. 2.5 cups flour, whole cup of starter. 1 c water, maybe a smidge more. A teaspoon of salt is plenty. Get kinky and add 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary. :) I need to write up my "how to" on this. I did print out your process for the dutch oven no-knead bread and have fluffed it a bit and merged with some stuff from King Arthur. Seriously - no yeast!!! Ick ick ick!!!


tracyw69
11/15/2017 1:33:45 AM

Yeast? Why are you putting YEAST into a sourdough bread??? Yuck! That will destroy the yummy sourdough twang and it's totally not necessary. Too much flour, not enough starter. 2.5 cups flour, whole cup of starter. 1 c water, maybe a smidge more. A teaspoon of salt is plenty. Get kinky and add 1/8 cup finely chopped fresh rosemary. :) I need to write up my "how to" on this. I did print out your process for the dutch oven no-knead bread and have fluffed it a bit and merged with some stuff from King Arthur. Seriously - no yeast!!! Ick ick ick!!!











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