I think there is no better smell in the world than bread baking in the oven.
One of my goals in life is to make all of our bread, no more grocery store loaves. That’s when I’ll really feel like the little homesteader I am in my own mind.
For some reason baking bread from scratch has always seemed a little overwhelming to me though. But after finding this recipe, I am no longer afraid!
I like simple. So the sourdough bread recipe that I found from The Elliott Homestead was absolutely perfect! Assuming that you have salt & water, it is only 3 ingredients & a few steps. Plus, it is honestly delicious. Crusty outside, fluffy inside, perfect for sopping up homemade soup.
In a bowl, mix 7 cups of whole wheat flour, 3 cups of sourdough starter, 3 1/2 cups of water, & 2 tablespoons of sea salt.
Cover with plastic wrap & let it sit out to rise for 12-18 hours.
Preheat your dutch oven & lid for 45 minutes in a 500 degree oven. Once heated, sprinkle the bottom with a tablespoon or so of flour, gently pour the dough into the dutch oven, pop the lid on & bake for 30 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 400, remove the lid, & bake for an additional 15 minutes.
Once it cools, cut it, butter it, devour it.
This was a huge hit around my household, & since it’s so easy it will definitely become a regular item on our menu. Plus it looks really fancy, so everyone thinks I slaved over it when it really only took about 5 minutes of actual work!
I really want to make a couple of mini loaves as bread bowls for homemade soup. I’ll let you all know how that turns out 😉
Does this cool weather have you in the baking mood (or at least the eating mood)??
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