REAL SOURDOUGH BREAD IN A BREAD MACHINE
If your machine has separate DOUGH and BAKE cycles, you can use it to make real sourdough bread.
I use separate DOUGH and BAKE cycles on my Bread Machine. This allows the sourdough to rise at its own rate without using any yeast.
I use Carl's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough. You can get a dried starter for free with a self addressed stamped envelope. Just Google Carl's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough
. An older gentleman use to give away starter that was in his family for over 100 years. After he died, his internet friends continue to send out free sourdough starter. I've kept my starter alive in the fridge for about 5 years now.
For 1 1/2-lb. loaf
2/3 cup lukewarm water
1/2 cup active sourdough starter (bubbly and active)
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
Place ingredients in bread machine in order given above or according to your bread machines instructions.
Start bread machine on DOUGH cycle.
I use a rubber spatula to help the bread maker, if needed, for the first couple of minutes of mixing by pushing any dry lumps into the mixing blade. Adjust dough to proper consistency with more flour or water as needed to make a firm, non-sticky dough that could be kneaded by hand.
Let the machine bread machine complete its DOUGH cycle kneading (about 1/2 hour) and rise (about 1 hour more).
Immediately after the kneading stops, I remove the kneading paddle and press the dough evenly into the bottom of the bread machine mixing pan. I then turn off my bread machine and unplug it.
I now monitor the dough and allow it to rise to the top of the mixing pan (It takes about 12 to 15 hours for mine. This can vary depending on your starter, room temperature, etc.).
When the dough has risen to the top of the bread pan, I start the manual BAKE cycle. My machine bakes the bread for 1 hour.
Remove from machine immediately, slice off fresh baked pieces, spread with butter and enjoy.
Makes one 1 1/2 lb loaf.
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