Unlike a lot of the recipes out there, this recipe uses All-Purpose Flour instead of Bread flour. I also wrote this recipe for those of us who are NOT professional bakers. I wanted to keep it easy and less intimidating for those of us just looking to make TASTY bread. Yes, there are MANY technical terms and techniques that you could use, but it starts to get confusing if you are JUST starting out, so I decided to keep it real and keep it easy. If you do not have a Sourdough Starter, I suggest you visit my recipe to get that going first. It takes about a week to get an established starter. (But just think of the BREAD!!!!)
Again, it is an easy to follow recipe, and if you have any issues, just email me or message me on instagram and I will walk you through it!
There are all KINDS of all-purpose flours out there, but if you are using one with a higher protein count, the bread will be much more “sourdough boule” like with lots of air pockets. If you are using a regular All-Purpose Flour with a protein count of 3g or 4g, you may have less air pockets, but it will still be CHEWY and DELICIOUS! Either way, Win-Win!
Regardless of whether you have bread flour or not, sourdough boules are YUMMY! They have a great soft, chewy consistency while being crispy on the outside. Once you make it a few times you will not want to return to “normal” bread! I make a large Sourdough Boule twice a week for our family, as well as Sourdough Bagels, and Sourdough Pizza Dough. Once you get the hang of Sourdough, the benefits are endless!
Check out my Sourdough Bagel Recipe here: Sourdough Bagels
Check out my Sourdough Pizza Dough Recipe here: Sourdough Pizza Dough
You will need a Dutch Oven for this recipe. If you do NOT have a dutch oven, you can still bake a free form loaf on a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet, with a pan of water in the bottom of your oven.