San francisco sourdough french bread

Yield: 2 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 pack Dry yeast
2 tablespoons Sugar
5 cups All-purpose flour
1 cup Warm water
1½ cup Sourdough starter
2 teaspoons Salt

In large mixing bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water, let dissolve 5 minutes. Stir in sugar, starter and gradually add 4 cups of the flour mixed with salt. Cover bowl with damp cloth, let rise 1 to 1½ hrs in a warm, draft-free place. Turn dough onto floured board, work in remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky, Knead until satiny, about 5 min. Shape into 1 large round, or 2 long loaves. Set on cookie sheet sprinkled with corn meal. Let rise again in warm place for 1 to 1 ½ hrs. Put shallow pan of water in lower shelf of oven; preheat to 400 F. Make diagonal slashes in bread. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until crust is medium dark brown. Set on rack to cool.

Courtesy Telephone Pioneers BillSpalding *P CRBR 38 A

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