What Is the Best Recipe for Sourdough Bread?


One of the best sourdough bread recipes is Emeril's basic sourdough bread from the Food Network. The bread takes under two hours to complete using a sourdough starter containing yeast, sugar, flour and warm water.

Before making the bread, prepare the sourdough starter. Pour 3 cups of warm water in a bowl, then mix in 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons of active dry yeast. Allow the yeast mixture to sit for at least five minutes. Once it begins to foam, stir in 3 cups of all-purpose flour. Cover the starter dough with a towel and allow it to sit in a warm place for eight to 12 hours.

To prepare the bread, add 1 1/2 cups of the completed sourdough starter, 2 cups of bread flour and 3/4 teaspoon of salt into a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients with a dough hook, coat the dough with oil, and cover it with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for 60 to 90 minutes. Meanwhile, add 1 1/2 cups of flour and 1 1/2 cups of warm water to the remaining sourdough starter for future breadmaking.

After 90 minutes, knead the dough, shape it into a ball, and allow it to rise again for one hour. Cut an X in the surface of the dough, spray with a mister, and place the dough on a baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. Bake for 60 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool on a wire rack before serving.