I missed Random Recipes last month thanks to a total spaz on my part so I made sure to get to work on my recipe this month as soon as I got back. This month the theme is “bread” and as I only have one bread book I knew that was the one I was working with. As for the recipe it was randomly selected my a friend who was coming for dinner, who requested sourdough. Once I was narrowed down to the sourdough section I had my hubby pick the page number which led me to the basic Sourdough Bread. This is a bread I have made many (MANY!) times because it is simply amazing. I’ve had my sourdough starter going for a few months now so every loaf is getting better and better. Gunther, as my sourdough is loving called, might not be the fanciest starter on the block but he’s the first I’ve had survive past the few month so he’s a winner in my book. One day I might attempt to make a loaf fully by hand but until then I’m a HUGE fan of my bread machine and use it at least once a week.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp white sugar
- 1 cup starter
- 2/3 cup 2% milk
- 2 tbsp margarine
- 1 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
- Place all ingredients in bread machine per instructions, for mine it's dry first then wet with yeast in a special compartment.
- This makes a medium sized loaf (1 1/2 lbs) and for best results use the timer, adding at least 3 hours.
- Once finished allow to set for 20 minutes before cutting in order to prevent the bread from collapsing. Enjoy!!
This bread can easily be enhanced by adding various herbs and spices to the dry ingredients – my favorite is 1 tbsp of dry oregano but a combination of thyme, rosemary, and basil also gives amazing results. As for serving the bread I’ve used it for everything, it makes an outstanding sandwich bread and if it lasts long enough it also makes a delicious french toast. For more bread recipes be sure to check out Belleau Kitchen and the rest of May’s Random Recipe entries.