Chef John's Sourdough Bread
Get a spectacular loaf of sourdough bread with a minimal amount of work. Plan ahead, because you'll need 10 days to make the starter - or 2 days of active feeding if you already have a sourdough starter in the fridge.
Create your own natural sourdough starter using just bread flour and water. It takes 10 days until it's ready to use, and Chef John gives feeding instructions for keeping your starter going.
Love it, made several times. Made a tomato bread off this site using the starter, also cinnamon rolls. Love the sourdough tomato bread ( include paste, basil and Sundried tomato) the sourdough taste with the sweet cinnamon rolls was not something we like. Like my cinnamon roll recipe better. We really enjoy this recipe for bread.
Thank you, Chef! This is the first loaf of sourdough bread I've made. Your recipe was easy to follow and my bread came out beautiful - airy, chewy, and delicious.
This is the best bread I have ever made. I had been experimenting with sourdough for over a year before I tried this and had lots of failures. I like using a bit less water than he uses so the dough is a little bit sturdier - not much though, the moistness of the fresh loaf depends on it. I tried something different last time and came out with a nice dough. I made the dough before bedtime, and let it rise overnight on the counter, then shaped it and let sit in the fridge for several hours and baked as directed in CJ's recipe. Maybe it was a great sourdough day, but it was the best loaf I've made to date.
I've made this several times, I make a bigger batch because it doesn't last long in my house