I found his sour dough starter recipe along with his San Francisco Sour Dough Bread recipe. I looked online and found there are so many ways to make sour dough starter. Some people even give their sour dough starters a name and some sour dough starters can range from the age of 20 to 100 years old! Sour dough is just a whole other frequency for serious bakers.
This starter recipe is very easy especially for those of you who are afraid of yeast. Give it a try, what have you got ot lose?
Sour Dough Starter:
2 cups AP flour
1 packet dry yeast
The starter will last for years when properly cared for.
San Francisco Sour Dough French Bread
1 Packet active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1-1/2 cup Sour Dough Starter
5 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons salt
In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle dry yeast over 1 cup of warm water. Let the yeast dissolve for 5 minutes then stir in Sour Dough Starter. Gradually add 4 cups of flour mixed with the salt, 1 cup at a time thoroughly incorporating before adding the next cup of flour. Cover the bowl with a damp clother and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Turn dough our onto a floured board and work in about 1 cup of flour until dough is no longer sticky, and then knead until satiny. Shape dough into 1 large round or 2 long loaves.
Set on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with cornmeal and let rise again for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Make diagonal slashes in bread with a sharp knife or razor blade so dough does not fall.
Put a shallow pan of water on the lower shelf of oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Place bread in oven on upper shelf and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until crust is medium dark brown. The water creates the humidity that gives this bread that special flavor.
About 10 minutes before bread is done, brush the loaves with ice water and continue with the remaining baking time. The ice water gives the bread that extra crispy crust.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
This is the most awesome tasting bread! I just knew this would be a flop but it wasn't, I could feel my dad right beside me the whole time.