Soft Sourdough Sandwich Loaf Bread

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

35 Minutes

Serves:

1 Loaf

Level:

Intermediate

About the Recipe

This one takes a long time if you want it to taste like sourdough. Feed your starter in the morning, make your dough that afternoon and bake bread the next morning!

Ingredients

  • 1 scant cup (225 grams) warm milk (1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)

  • 3 tablespoons (36 grams) granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon instant yeast (optional if starter is ripe)

  • ½ cup (150 grams) sourdough starter, ripe or discard

  • 3 cups plus 2 tablespoons (400 grams) bread flour, additional ¼ cup needed (425 grams total) if substituting all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons butter, very soft and cut into pieces

  • 1 tablespoon melted butter, for brushing baked loaf

Preparation

Step 1


In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the warm milk and the sugar until dissolved.



Step 2


Add yeast and sourdough starter, stirring to combine.



Step 3


Add flour and sea salt. Mix on medium-low speed until dough comes together.



Step 4


With mixer on low speed, add butter pieces one at a time until combined.



Step 5


Increase speed to medium and let the mixer knead the dough for 5 minutes.


Step 6


Transfer to a large oiled bowl. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until nearly doubled, about 2 hours if using the optional added yeast. (If using only starter, this proofing time takes 12-18 hours, which yields a beautiful dough with a more pronounced sour flavor.)



Step 7


Turn proofed dough out onto a clean counter top and stretch it several times to develop the gluten. Roll it tightly into a loaf, pinching the seams together. Transfer to an oiled loaf pan and cover with oiled plastic wrap to rise again, about 1 hour or until dough is about 1-inch above the rim of the pan (this step will take a few hours if not using the additonal yeast).


Step 8


Preheat oven to 350°F.


Step 9


Bake at 350° for 35 minutes until golden and internal temperature reaches 190°-200°F on an instant-read thermometer.



Step 10


Remove from oven and immediately brush top with melted butter. (Do not skip this step as it is key to a soft crust.)



Step 11


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