Sourdough bread, nom nom

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have finally achieved bread-baking success!  We truly tested our patience, (it really is a virtue) and 24 hours later were handsomely rewarded.  We made the best homemade sourdough bread I've ever tasted.  For reals.

Awhile ago, our friend Inna passed on an ancient sourdough starter to us.  Sadly, we neglected it for awhile and didn't attempt to make a loaf until last week.  What were we thinking?!  The mister proofed the starter, let it rise, made the dough, ya-di-ya-di-ya-da but it wasn't perfect.  It was slightly too dense and clearly we didn't have patience to let it rise appropriately.

Fast forward to yesterday and the night before.  He proofed the starter before bed.  It rose overnight and I punched it back down in the morning, formed a loaf on a lightly greased baking sheet and let it rise all day long.  Nearly 12 hours later, we were ready to put it in the oven (I don't think it kneaded that much time, but he did have a holiday work party that kept him out late).  The loaf took about 40 minutes to bake to golden-brown perfection and it took just about that long to cool off.

We followed this recipe but didn't adhere to it with the flour (we used 2 cups) and as you have already read, we let it rise waaaaay longer than this guy did.  But that's the thing with bread baking, right?

Happy Friday!


Anna Walker December 17, 2010 at 12:57 PM  

Sourdough bread is the best! :)

stephanie December 17, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

way to go! that looks so yummy :)

stephanie December 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

YUM! I'm inspired to try it now. :)

shellie December 17, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

congratulations....i tried to make my own sponge and was not a success....maybe i will try again next year!

la petite coquine December 17, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

There's nothing better than homemade bread! My cousin Maria makes a three day bread that will test your patience like crazy but it SO worth it in the end! So glad the loaf was a success!

Natalie December 17, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

homemade bread is the best isn't it? that looks delicious!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts December 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

You are my hero- seriously- can I come over?

Jenny December 17, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

ahhh! Looks so awesome. Definitely trying it this weekend!

{lovely little things} December 19, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

Impressive, that's definitely on my to-do list!

Roxy Te December 20, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Is it just me or does Fall and Winter call for carb overload?! This looks delish!
p.s. I'm having a fun Kate Spade giveaway that just may tickle your fancy ;)

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