WHITE SOURDOUGH ARTISAN BREAD (72% HYDRATION)

    
   
A basic white bread ideal for your first sourdough loaf! This bread has a crunchy crust, a chewy crumb with medium-sized holes (due to the higher hydration) and a mild, tangy flavour. It is ideal for sandwiches and for dipping into bowls of soup. 
   
Ingredients for WHITE SOURDOUGH ARTISAN BREAD (72% HYDRATION)

500g
750g
1kg
1.25kg
Rye Sourdough Starter, Active
94g
141g
188g
235g
Water, Filtered
150g
225g
300g
375g
White Bread Flour
250g
375g
500g
625g
Salt, Finely Ground
6g
9g
12g
15g
Dusting Flour
Toppings (optional): i.e. herbs, flour, poppy seeds, rolled oats, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.
    
METHOD:
1. Activate sourdough starter.
2. Weigh all ingredients (except salt) into a bowl. Mix well. Cover and rest dough for 1 hour. 
3. Bulk ferment: Add salt. Stretch and fold dough (with damp hands) every 45-60 minutes for 3-5 hours at room temperature. Keep dough covered.
4. Pre-shape. Cover and rest the dough for 15 minutes on the bench.
5. Final shape. Put dough into a floured banneton (or floured, cloth-lined bowl/tin). Cover dough with cloth. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for 8-12 hours (optional).
6. If dough was refrigerated, bring to room temperature. Rise in banneton for 1-3 hours or until ready.
7. Pre-heat oven, baking tray and roasting lid (or ceramic casserole dish including lid) for 1 hour before baking (260°C).
8. Sprinkle the dough surface (base) with dusting flour. Turn out dough onto a peel or onto a sheet of baking paper (if using a casserole dish). Brush away excess flour (optional). Spray lightly with water (if adding topping). Sprinkle with topping (if using). Score bread. Spray lightly with water. Remove hot tray from the oven. Place the bread onto the hot tray immediately (or lower into the hot casserole dish using the baking paper). Bake at 250°C for 15 minutes (lid on).
9. Bake at 230°C for 15-30 minutes (lid off) until golden and cooked.
10. Remove bread from the oven. Cool completely on a wire rack.
11. Slice bread and serve.
12. Store bread at room temperature (covered) or wrap and freeze (whole or sliced).   

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