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Sourdough Sandwich Bread

I’ve been baking a lot of bread since the pandemic began last year. Finding a good sandwich loaf proved to be more difficult than I anticipated until I came across this recipe on the King Arthur Website for Sourdough Sandwich Bread it did not disappoint, its soft but not spongy like wonder bread, slices beautifully and has a great texture, and it couldn’t be easier to make which is really important. Pictured below is my sourdough starter which I have neglected, left hibernating in the refrigerator and ignored for months at a time even with all that when I take it out of hibernation and feed it the starter comes to life stronger than ever. I got this starter over 2 years ago from Elaine of Elaine’s sourdough (she has her first cookbook out too everyone) Her master recipe is awesome and is getting worldwide recognition, congratulations to Elaine!

I just have to say that I am not impressed with the changes to WordPress, is anyone else having problems? I can’t navigate easily, could not add photos, had to drop them in my computer file. I can’t figure out how to preview a post, not happy with this at all. Ugh…..

As a point to reference this bubbly starter sat in my refrigerator more than 6 months untouched and look at how lively it is!!

This recipe uses a levain which is made the night before you actually make the bread. It sits all night (12 hrs) on the countertop. The recipe also uses yeast which is fine by me.

Sourdough Sandwich Bread

Recipe on King Arthur Website

Makes 2 8 1/2×4 1/2 loaves

Levain

1 cup plus 1 tbs bread flour or all purpose flour also works

1/2 cup + 1 tbs cool water

3 tbs ripe sourdough starter

Mix all the ingredients together in a container that will allow the levain to grow, It will almost double in size. Cover and let sit at room temperature overnight or about 12 hours. It will appear almost fluffy and have bubbles when it’s ready. (I let mine sit in my microwave all night.

Dough

5 1/4 cup bread or all purpose flour

6 tbs dry milk (Note: I did not have powdered milk so I used whole milk see below)

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp instant yeast

4 tbs unsalted butter at room temperature (Note: I used 5 tbs butter)

1 1/2 cup water (Note: I used 1 cup whole milk at room temperature and 1/2 cup water)

All of the levain

Mix all the ingredients in your stand mixer with dough hook, knead until you have a smooth and supple dough, it will not or should not be sticky.

Place the kneaded dough into a lightly greased bowl, cover and let dough rise for 1-2 hours it should have doubled in size.

Divide the dough in half if using the 8 1/2 x4 1/2 loaf pans or if using a larger loaf pan you will need to adjust for size. Shape into a log and place into a lightly greased pan, cover with a lightly greased sheet of plastic wrap and cover with a tea towel and let rise until they have crowned about 1 inch over the rim of the pan it takes 1-2 hours.

Toward the end of the rising time pre heat the oven to 375 degree’s. Bake the bread 30-35 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the sides of the loaf feel firm. Turn out onto a rack and let cool completely before slicing.

Made this recipe twice and the second time made sandwich rolls or burger buns, its amazing for that as well.

23 Comments Post a comment
  1. It’s a beautiful bread.

    February 28, 2021
  2. Looks good! I’m inspired to try it, as sourdough is one of my favorite breads ever. (Yes, I’ve been having trouble with WordPress too, It won’t let me preview, sometimes not even publish, and if it does publish, tags and categories aren’t right and I can’t go back and edit them. You said it. Ugh.)

    February 28, 2021
    • It’s really frustrating, I can’t add photos from media library it used to prompt you to insert photo that doesn’t happen anymore and when you try it’s thumbnail size. I hate what they have done. Bring back the old WordPress please!!

      February 28, 2021
      • Some googling in my own research made it sound like a plugin issue, and instructed me to remove unwanted or unneeded plugins. I tried and failed, because I am on the free version of wordpress, so couldn’t get help from them on exactly what to do and how to prevent it from happening again. It’s a struggle. If you are on a version where you pay wordpress for the service, maybe you can get them to assist you. I had no luck though. 😦

        February 28, 2021
      • Hi Lori, I pay for a plan the personal plan. I just emailed them we will see if I get an answer. It’s so frustrating not being able to load photos from media library, not being able to preview etc. If they get back to me will let you know.

        February 28, 2021
      • Good luck and thanks so much! I will gladly accept any blogging and wordpress help I can get. Have a blessed day!

        February 28, 2021
      • Hi Lori;

        I did get an email back from WordPress explaining how to add photos both from library and my computer but still cannot preview. If you look at the comment from Debra she simply asked them to reinstate the old WordPress editor or classic editor and they did. I just sent them an Email asking them to do that we shall see. You should try it as well.

        March 1, 2021
      • Thanks! I’ll give it a try. 🙂

        March 1, 2021
  3. Superb 🙂 I really want one 🙂 more would not be reasonable – amitiés

    February 28, 2021
    • Bonjour France, bread is always welcome anytime at all. Thank you so much.

      February 28, 2021
  4. Thank YOU!! Lovely to see my little Star doing here job! And the loaf looks fab xxx

    March 1, 2021
  5. The bread is beautiful. FYI – you can ASK WordPress to switch you back to the classic editor. I’ve had to do it a half-dozen times, and they always do. I just send the message via chat support, and they usually fix it the same day. There must be a few people who don’t like the new platform. love, in lake’ch, Debra

    March 1, 2021
    • Thank you, I never thought of that but just sent them an email asking them to reinstate the old WordPress editor functions. Hope they do thanks again.

      March 1, 2021
      • I HOPE so. I have to ask every few months. Good luck.

        March 1, 2021
      • They won’t do it they said they no longer will allow classic editor unless you upgrade and pay extra. WordPress has become almost unusable now. Really unfortunate.

        March 1, 2021
      • That’s too bad. I think I’m on the $39/year deal. It was designed/sold as user friendly platform. That is disappointing.

        March 2, 2021
  6. Yes, it would be nice if WordPress would stop “improving” things. Maybe even get something to actually work, and stick with it.
    Suzanne thanks for persevering and sharing this gorgeous bread with us. I can almost smell it. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing!

    March 6, 2021
    • Thanks Teagan, agreed the way I look at it is, if it’s not broke don’t fix it! I really dislike the new “improved” WordPress. Hugs❤️❤️🧚🏼‍♀️🧚🏼‍♀️

      March 6, 2021
  7. Hi, Suzanne! The bread looks delicious. I’d love a slice if you won’t mind. 🙂 When I visited San Francisco years ago, I couldn’t wait to get their famous sour dough bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I hope you’re staying safe and well.

    March 9, 2021

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