Let’s Make the Not-So-Sour Sourdough Bread From the Scratch!

Does the name make you reluctant in making the sourdough bread?

No worries! Once you taste it will surely change your views.

Sourdough bread is very different from your normal bread.

It has less to do with the taste than it does with the way it’s made.

It is made using neither the baking active dry yeast not the instant yeast, but a sourdough starter that is made with wild yeast.

Sourdough bread is much more nutritious and it is very good for the gluten-intolerant.

The sourdough starter used in the dough reduces the glucose enough for it to be safe for the people who want gluten-free.

Another good thing is that you can have it stored for a very long time.

But to make the sourdough bread you first need to prepare the sourdough starter. Here is how you can do it.

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 Teaspoons White Sugar
  • 1 Packet Dry active Yeast
  • 1 Cup Warm Water

Procedure

It takes about a week before to prepare the sourdough starter. It doesn’t exactly expire so you can store it in the fridge.

  1. Take a bowl of warm water and mix yeast in it. Leave it to froth.
  2. When it starts to rise, add flour and sugar to the mix.
  3. Cover the bowl with a cloth and let it ferment overnight.
  4. Stir it three times daily till the bubbling stops. That’s when it’s ready to use.

Tips

  • When the starter starts fermenting, keep it in the fridge.
  • Take one cup of the starter and let it come down to the room temperature before using.
  • The flavor of the sourdough depends on the days and temperature of the starter.

Now that you are done with the starter, you might as well start with the sourdough bread.

Ingredients

Procedure

Before you start, make sure your bread machine is clean and the settings are as per your requirement. Have the settings marked on the basic bread cycle and the kind of crust that you would prefer.

  1. Take a clean bread pan. Add one cup of flour, salt, yeast and sugar into it. (make sure you don’t use the warming cycle)
  2. Gradually add warm milk and softened butter while the cycle is still running.
  3. Then add the one cup of sourdough starter without stopping the cycle.
  4. Now add the remaining amount of flour but be careful not to mix it.
  5. Place the lid on the bread pan and leave it along for the machine to complete its full cycle.
  6. Remove the pan when the cycle is done and leave it to cool for some time.
  7. Serve it alongside gravy dishes, salads and soup.

Unveiling Some of the Best Yeast Bread Recipes

Yeasts pertain to single-celled fungi and as fungi; these are related to other fungi which individuals are more familiar with. These may include the edible mushrooms you can find at the supermarkets or the typical bakers’ yeast used to leaven breads and molds which ripen blue cheese and molds which produce antibiotics for veterinary and medical use. Edible fungi and yeast are considered by many as natural as vegetables and fruits.

The bakers’ yeast used in leavening bread all over the world is actually the type that is known by many. The bakers’ yeast products are commonly made from strains of yeast chosen for their exclusive qualities that relate to the needs and requirements of the baking industry.

Yeast is a vital ingredient in various bakery products like breads, pastries and more. This is responsible for leavening though and imparting tasteful yeast fermentation flavors for the products. Yeast is rather used only in small amounts on majority of bakery products however, having quality yeast and using this properly makes a big difference between the success of the overall bakery operation and the quality of baker products made.

Yeast is definitely the key behind every successful bread or pastry recipe. The following are some of the best yeast bread recipes you need to know:

Italian Herb Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 packs active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm clean water
  • 2 tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 6 cup bread flour
  • ½ cup grated Romano cheese

 

Directions

Preparation time of this yeast bread recipe is about 30 minutes; cooking time is 35 minutes and will be ready in 2 hours and 40 minutes.

  • Mix the yeast and warm water and then add the white sugar altogether in a larger bowl. Set this aside for 5 minutes until the mixture turned out foamy.
  • Stir the olive oil, herbs, salt, garlic powder, cheese, onion powder and three cups flour to yeast mixture. Mix in the next 3 cups of flour gradually and the dough will be stiff.
  • Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes or until dough is rubbery and smooth. Place this in a clean oiled bowl, turn to cover the dough’s surface with oil and then cover with damp line towel. Let it rise for an hour or until dough grew double in size.
  • You will then need to punch the dough down to free all air and shape to two loaves. You need to place the loaves on oiled cookie sheet or two oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans and let it rise to double size in 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes.

Other bread recipes that use yeast are Amish White Bread Recipe, Cinnamon Rolls, Pretzels Bread and more. With the countless recipes that use yeast, it cannot be denied that yeast is one of the ultimate key ingredients in pastry and baking.