Do you have your very own bread machine? Instead of living it sit around in storage, why not take that bread machine out and put it to good use? You may not have known this but you can make delicious sourdough bread with a bread machine. This type of bread is perfect for just about any occasion, as it can be served as an appetizer, a side dish for a main meal, or even as a snack. There are so many different things that you can do with sourdough bread once you have cooked it so why not make the bread from the comfort of your own home instead of buying it already made at the store? You will absolutely love the taste of freshly cooked sourdough bread, especially when it is nice and warm as it comes directly out of the bread machine.
Ingredients for Sourdough Bread
Starter for Sourdough:
• 1 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
• 4 cups water
• 3 cups flour
• 3 teaspoons of sugar
Ingredients for the Bread:
• ½ cup water
• 3 cups flour
• 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon yeast
Directions for Making the Sourdough Bread
When it comes to making sourdough bread, there are a few things that you should know ahead of time. For starters, you will need to make a starter for the sourdough bread and the starter needs to be made about a week prior to actually making the bread. In order to create the starter, you would take a large bowl and allow the yeast to dissolve directly in the water. After the yeast dissolves, you would need to stir in the flour and the sugar. After adding these ingredients, you would mix everything together until it is completely smooth. The starter needs to be covered and should sit at room temperature for around 7 days. When the mixture is bubbly, that is generally when it is best to use and can be refrigerated until you are ready to make the bread.
Once you have your sourdough starter, you will be ready and prepared to make the sourdough bread. You will need to add all of the ingredients for the bread, along with a cup of the sourdough starter and place everything directly into the bread machine. Bread machines tend to vary when it comes to directions so all you really need to do is follow the directions for adding ingredients into the machine to make sure you are doing it correctly. When making the selection for how you want your bread to turn out, pick the basic cycle and choose the medium crust because you want your bread to be crispy and delicious. The bread will cook for a specific amount of time, ultimately depending on the bread machine.
Once it is completely cooked, the bread can be removed from the pan inside of the bread machine and placed on a rack so that it can cool off. The bread will usually need to cook for a few hours and should cool off for at least 30 minutes before it is served. Once the bread has cooled off for a bit, you can slice it and serve it alongside of your favorite dish or just about any meal. Make sure that you have plenty of butter and other spreads or dips available because sourdough bread is perfect for dipping. In little to no time at all, you can have a tasty sourdough bread that will serve plenty of people. It will taste even better than any sourdough bread that could be purchased at the store and it will be a whole lot fresher as well.