I would love for you to share your favorite, preferably sourdough, bread recipes.
I'm very adamant about not eating the store bought bread, but at the same time I just find baking bread to be such a drag sometimes as I'm busy and, well, being a mom with a toddler who won't leave their side makes things more difficult at times. (okay, a lot of times)
I'm also a chronic "only ever bakes one recipe" person so I need some encouragement to broaden my bread baking horizon :)
I see so many yummy and nice looking loaves out there but I just can't draw myself away from the familiarity of my sourdough sandwich bread!
Any recipes welcome, but if it's something particularly quick and easy to bake please make that very clear in your post!
My husband has weird fantasies of me being a French bread baking ninja, so bonus points for you if you share a great French bread recipe! Lol
Not quite a sourdough, but semi-fermented with the biga:
This is a lovely white bread loaf. Also does great when baked in old apple juice cans; that's how my mom used to make it, and it's great for sandwiches.
If baked as a loaf: very crunchy crust. I love it but not everybody does.
Mix 1/4tsp dry yeast with 1cup warm water (I test it and aim for 110F ish) and 2 1/4 cups of flour. Knead until smooth. This will be super soft and liquidy, so don't worry about it. Don't add more flour.
Let it sit in a covered bowl for 12 or more hours. (This is your biga)
1/2tsp dry yeast
2cups warm water
4 to 5 1/2 cups of flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water, wait 5-10mins
Add 2 cups of flour and mix well, always in the same direction. Cut the biga in 4-5 chunks, and mix in to the dough. Add salt, and 2 more cups of flour. Fold, turn the dough to mix.
You can turn it out to knead whenever seems good. Knead for 8 mins or so, until it's smooth and bouncy.
Let it rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.
Turn the dough out and cut in to however many breads you're making. This makes 2 standard loafs, or 3-4 apple juice cans lol.
I like the method of flattening out the dough and rolling it up to place in the loaf pan. Grease your pan well!!
Let rise 2 hours, then preheat the oven to 450. Lower temp to 400 and bake for 45 mins. Remove from the oven, and remove from the pans, and then bake for 5 more mins bare.