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Simple Sourdough Recipe
Traditional San Francisco Sourdough Bread
Whole Grain Sourdough
No-Knead Whole Spelt Sourdough
San Francisco Sourdough in Bread Machine
Gluten-free Sourdough
Sourdough Breadsticks
Pizza Crust
Authentic Sourdough Waffles
Traditional Sourdough Pancakes
Sourdough English Muffins
Sourdough Bagels
Polish Cottage Rye Sourdough
Sourdough Apple Streusel Muffins
Old-fashioned Donuts
Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sourdough Old Fashioned Cinnamon Buns
Cheddar Cheese Bread
Country Corn Bread
German Christmas Bread
Myrtle's Sourdough Chocolate Cake
Sourdough Banana Bread

Simple Sourdough Recipe

This is our basic go-to recipe, that is great for starting out. It also includes a delicious waffle recipe! We have formatted it to print as a recipe card, making it perfect to stick in your favorite recipe box or album!

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Traditional San Francisco Sourdough Bread (your authentic basic recipe based off The Bread Baker's Apprentice recipe)

Expanding the starter ingredients:
2/3 cup starter (4 oz)
1 cup (4.5 oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour
1/8 to ¼ cup water

Final dough ingredients:
4 ½ cups (20.25 oz) unbleached high-gluten or bread flour ( or you can sub in up to half of this with a whole grain such as wheat or rye)
2 teaspoons salt (.5 oz)
1 ½ – 1 ¾ cups water (not hot!)
semolina flour or cornmeal for dusting if desired

1. Remove the barm (starter) from the refrigerator and measure it out about 1 hour before making the starter expansion (to take off the chill). Keep it covered in a bowl.
2. Add the flour to the starter and mix together, adding only enough additional water so that you can knead this into a small ball. You don't need to work this very long, just until all the flour is hydrated and the starter is evenly distributed. Lightly oil a small bowl or mist the inside of a plastic bag with cooking spray oil and place the starter in the bowl or bag, turning to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl or seal the bag.
3. Ferment at room temperature for approx. 4 hours, or until the starter has at least doubled in size. If it takes more time than 4 hours, give it additional time, checking every hour or so. Then, put it into the refrigerator overnight, just as it is.
4. Remove the starter from the refrigerator 1 hour before making the dough. Cut it into about 10 small pieces with a pastry scraper or serrated knife. Mist with oil, cover with a towel or plastic wrap and let sit for 1 hour to bring to room temperature.
5. To make the dough, stir together the flour and salt in a 4-quart or larger mixing bowl. Add the starter pieces and enough water to bring everything together into a ball as you stir with a sturdy spoon (or mix on low speed with the paddle attachment for those with a food processor/KitchenAid).
6. Sprinkle the counter with flour, transfer the dough to the counter and knead by hand for 12 to 15 minutes (or mix with the dough hook for 4 minutes on medium-low speed, allow the dough to rest for 5 to 10 minutes and then mix for 4 more minutes). Adjust the water and flour as needed. The dough should be firm but tacky, like a stretchy play dough. It should pass a 'windowpane' test (gently stretch the dough and see if you can get it thin enough to see through like looking through a dark thick balloon, without it breaking - this means it isn't too dry and the kneading has broken down the proteins and made them stretchy). Lightly oil a large bowl and transfer the dough to the bowl, rolling it around to coat it with oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
7. Ferment at room temperature for 3-4 hours, or until the dough has nearly doubled in size. You can also test by gently push your finger into the dough about 1/2 and inch. If the hole disappears within a minute, its not quite ready, if the indent remains, it is done proofing.
8. Gently remove the dough from the bowl and divide it into 2 equal pieces (or smaller if you want rolls) being gentle to deflate the dough as little as possible. Gently shape the dough into whatever shape you desire. This is done first by 'rounding' to make the outer skin of the dough tighter first. This helps it rise better. To do this you pull the edges that were just cut underneath, making a round ball. Pinch the bottom together. Then put the rounded dough on a clean, flour dusted counter top (or cutting board) and push the dough from alternate sides with your palms so that it spins round and round on the counter while giving it a slight downwards tucking push as well, as if you were trying to tuck more of the sides underneath the ball. You will see the skin tightening as you do this. Take this tightened ball and coax it gently into a longer shape if desired, or leave it round as is.
9. Proof the dough on a parchment-lined sheet paper that has been dusted with semolina flour or cornmeal (rough flour helps to keep it from sticking -fine flour is absorbed and less effective). You can also put in in a banneton, couches or proofing bowl. You can also put it parchment lined or semolina dusted (or non-stick) basic bread loaf tins! There are many beautiful bowls for shaping and baking bread that improve the shape and final outcome of your bread that you can purchase. The La Cloche is a favorite among home bread bakers. Regardless of the method, mist the exposed part of the dough with oil and loosely cover the dough with a towel or plastic wrap or slip it into a food-grade plastic bag. At this point you can either proof the loaves for 2-3 more hours or retard overnight in the refrigerator. If retarding, remove them from the refrigerator approx. 4 hours before you plan to bake them. Retarding develops more complex and sour flavors - it simply means to put it in the refrigerator for a specified time.
10. Prepare the over for baking, by setting a pan or oven safe bowl (ie Pyrex) with ridges on the bottom rack and preheating to 500°F. This pan is for steaming purposes which is a great way of simulating the results of a professional baking oven in your own home (thick, golden, artisan-crunchy crust, which we highly recommend!!) Carefully remove the towel or plastic wrap from the dough or slip the pan/bowl from the bag, 10 minutes before baking.
11. Generously dust the back of a sheet pan with semolina or cornmeal and gently transfer the dough to the pan. If the dough was prepared on a sheet pan, it can be baked directly on that pan. Score the dough if desired (this is an art that takes awhile to get used to, and isn't necessary). Slide the dough onto a baking stone, or bake directly on the sheet pan. Pour 1 cup hot water into the pan and close the door. After 30 seconds, spray the oven walls with water and close the door. Repeat twice more at 30 second intervals. After the final spray, lower the oven setting to 450° and bake for 10 minutes. Rotate the loaves if necessary for even baking and continue to bake another 10-20 minutes. Or until the loaves are done. They should register 205°F in the center (with a meat or baking probe) and be a rich golden brown all over. They should sound hollow when thumped on the bottom with your fingers.
12. Transfer the finished loaves to a rack and cool for at least 45 minutes before slicing or serving.

This is the basic sourdough recipe from Peter Reinhart. We encourage you to check out his other amazing recipes and tips within this book and others, especially if you are still new to baking! There are endless delicious variations, techniques and ideas!

Whole Grain Sourdough (a simple, delicious and famous bread from historian Steven Kaplan's Good Bread is Back )

Start the recipe in the evening. You can implement some of the techniques (such as rounding, dusting and steaming from the previous recipe).

Evening of Day 1: Mix together:
200 grams (7 oz. or 7/8 cup) water
120g (4 oz. or 1/2 cup) sourdough starter
236 grams (8 1/3 oz or 2 cups) whole wheat flour
Ferment (let sit out at room temperature covered loosely with plastic) at 69°F (approx) for 12 hours. Morning of Day 2: Add to Day 1 ingredients:
274 grams (9 2/3 oz. or ~1 1/4 cup) water
85 grams (3 oz. or 7/8 cup) rye flour
250 grams (8 3/4 oz or 2 cups) white bread flour
170 grams (6 oz. or a tad over 1 3/4 cups) spelt flour
13 grams (scant tbs.) salt
Knead 8-12 minutes, place in a dusted plastic covered bowl and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Morning of Day 3: Form a boule (round loaf) on a parchment covered cookie sheet and ferment (let
sit out on counter) 5 hours at 69F. Refer to the first recipe for baking tips and techniques!
Bake at 485F for 40-45 minutes.
Notes: The recipe was created using grams for measurement. For those without a kitchen scale I have translated to ounces and cups. Some of the measurements don’t translate all that nicely, but what I have here is close enough.

No-Knead Whole Spelt Sourdough (from Eric and Denyse, who are mentioned in the Lisa Rayner's Wild Bread )

This is one of our favorites. Spelt is an ancient wheat grain that many people with wheat allergies or sensitivities can tolerate well. This grain is sometimes preferred to wheat because its less bitter and has a great flavor! It also gives beautiful open crumb (large holed-bread)!)

The Ingredients:

1/4 cup sourdough starter
530 grams (about 5 cups well fluffed up) whole spelt flour
350 grams (~1+1/2 cups) water
10 grams (1+1/2 tsp) salt
3 Tbs honey or sugar or 2 Tbs agave

Start in the evening the day before baking:

1. Add water to mixing bowl, mix in the sweetener.
2. Mix in the starter until relatively dissolved
3. Mix in the flour (all 5 cups) for a minute or two until combined
4. Cover and let sit an hour, then come back and do 1 stretch and fold. To do this, you take the dough in your hands stretch it out, fold it over and pull from another direction and fold. If its sticky, give it a generous dusting of flour. You will want to do 2-3 more of these at 15 minute intervals, allowing the dough to rest and remain covered in between.
5. After the last stretch and fold, allow the dough to sit out overnight, covered. You can also do this recipe in the morning and put it directly in the fridge at this step, and take out before bed and let rise overnight, covered.
6. The next morning, dust it, draw the dough together and pinch lightly underneath to form a nice ball (and round it according to the procedure given in the first recipe). Allow to rise on your final dusted baking sheet (lined with parchment) or whatever baking bowl or tin you will be using. Allow to proof/rise for about 1 to 1/2 hours, while pre-heating the oven.
7. Bake at 450° for 45 minutes or until internal temp is 195-200°. You can bake in a covered baking dish (like a dutch oven, clay baker or La Cloche or open on a parchment lined-cookie sheet. You can also put it in basic bread loaf tins!

San Francisco Sourdough in Bread Machine (from Classic Sourdoughs )

Because of the fermentation process (12-14 hours) of sourdough and the lower temperature, it is best to use your bread machine only for the mixing. Most bread machines have a rise function of 90-100°, which will kill the lactobacilli in your culture.

½ cup cold sponge culture
4 cups white flour
1 ¼ cup water
1 tsp salt

1. Place the sponge (expanded starter) in the machine pan with 1 cup of the flour and ½ cup of the water. Machine mix and knead 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the machine, cover lightly with plastic wrap, and proof 12 hours at room temperature (68-72°) or 6 hours in a proofing box at 85°.
2. Return the pan to the machine and add 1 cup of the flour and ½ cup of the water. Mix 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the machine and proof 8 hours at room temperature or 4 hours in the proofing box.
3. Return the pan to the machine. Dissolve the salt in the remaining ¼ cup water and add to the pan along with the remaining 2 cups flour mixture. Mix and knead 15-20 minutes.
4. Remove the pan from the machine and proof at the same temperature until the dough rises
about ½ inch above the pan top (2 to 3 hours at room temperature; 1 ½ to 2 hours in the proofing
5. If your machine has a bake only cycle, return the pan to the machine and program the cycle to bake at 375° for 50 to 60 minutes. If not, move the pan to your preheated oven at 375° and bake for 45 minutes. You can brush a lightly beaten egg white with 1 tablespoon water on the loaf for a more crunchy and golden crust. If you are baking in the oven, you can place a shallow pan of water (1-2 inches) on the bottom shelf of your oven (put in and preheat oven) to create steam which makes the crust nice and crunchy. Remove the loaf from the pan and cool on a wire rack.

Sourdough Breadsticks (from Classic Sourdoughs )

These can be long and thin for a crisp bread stick or thick and short for a more chewy one!

2 cups starter
4 ¾ cups flour
1 ¼ cups water
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted

2 eggs, beaten
poppyseeds, sesame seeds, coarse salt, or parmesan

Mix the starter with 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of the water in a large mixing bowl. This is the working culture. Proof this 8-12 hours at room temperature (68-72°F).
Add 1 cup of the flour and ½ cup of the water. Mix and knead until smooth. Proof 6-8 hours at room temperature.
Punch down. Mix together the remaining ½ cup water, salt,sugar, and butter. Add to the dough and mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the flour for flouring the board. Mix and spoon knead the remaining 1 ¾ cups into the dough 1 cup at a time. When too stiff to work by hand, transfer to the floured board and knead in the remaining flour.
Divide the dough into about 20 small balls. Roll each ball into a rope ¼ - ½ inch in diameter. Arrange the ropes 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Proof at room temperature until they start to rise or 30-45 minutes.
Glaze the bread sticks by brushing on the beaten eggs and then sprinkle with the seeds or cheese.
Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 15-20 minutes or until uniformly brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Pizza Crust (from Classic Sourdoughs )

It's not the topping that gives sourdough pizza an Old World flavor. It's the crust. The choice of topping is yours, but don't try this recipe unless you are prepared to become addicted!

2 cups cold liquid starter
4 ¾ cups white flour
1 cup water
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
cornmeal or semolina

Mix the starter with 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of the water in a large bowl and cover for 12 hours at room temperature (or overnight).
Add 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of the water. Mix and knead until smooth. Proof another 6-8 hours at room temperature, covered.
Punch down. Mix together the remaining ½ cup water, the salt and the oil. Add to the dough and mix well. Reserve 1 cup of the flour for flouring the board. Mix and spoon knead the remaining 1 ¾ cups flour into the dough 1 cup at a time. When too stiff to mix by hand, transfer to the floured board and knead in any remaining flour.
Divide the dough into 4 equal portions and form each into a ball. Roll out each ball into a 12-13 inch around about 1/8 inch thick. Gently fold each round in half and transfer to a bakers peel or rimless baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal or semolina. Or simply put them on a pizza pan.
Unfold the rounds and pinch a rim about ½ inch high along the edge of each round. Proof 1 ½ hours at room temperature.
Preheat a baking stone and an oven to 475°F. If you don't have a baking stone a pizza pan will work
fine- and doesn't need to be preheated.
Add toppings of choice to the dough rounds and transfer them (if needed) to the hot baking stone.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the edges of the crusts are brown. Remove from the oven (if on the stone, remove by using the baker's peel or baking sheet).

Authentic Sourdough Waffles (based off the recipes in Alaska Sourdough )

This recipe also works equally well for pancakes (we like to make double the amount and use half
as waffles, half as pancakes, freezing the extras to stick in the toaster another morning!)

Heat the the butter in a pan until its melted and then add the cold milk to cool.
1/2 cup (4 oz or 115 g) butter
1 cup (8 oz or 225 g) milk
Add the milk-butter mixture to:
1 cup (9 oz or 255g) starter
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp (packed) brown sugar
1 1/2 cups (6 oz or 170 g) all purpose flour
Mix these together to form a thick batter, cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 8-14 hours. If you do this before going to bed, you’ll have the batter ready for breakfast the next day.
Preheat your waffle iron for 10-15 minutes.
Uncover the batter and whisk in 2 large eggs and 1/4 tsp baking soda. Pour 1/2 to 3/4 cups of batter on the hot waffle iron and close the lid. Let cook for 3-5 minutes until golden brown and crisp.

Traditional Sourdough Pancakes (based off the recipes in Alaska Sourdough )

3 large eggs
1 cup milk
2 cups Sourdough Starter
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter melted

Beat eggs in a medium bowl. Add milk and sourdough starter. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar; add to the egg mixture, mixing well. Stir in melted butter. Lightly grease a hot griddle. Drop the batter by 1/4 cup onto the griddle and cook until light brown, turning once. Serve hot and drizzle with some pure maple syrup and butter!

Sourdough English Muffins (from Bake Your Own Bread & Be Healthier )

The Night Before:

1 cup starter
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups milk (whole is best)
4 cups unbleached white flour
Mix starter, honey and milk in mixing bowl until smooth. Add 4 cups flour, 2 cups at a time, and mix in. There's no need for gluten development now, so do not whip or knead, just get all the flour thoroughly wet. Cover with clean towel and leave at room temperature in a draft free place overnight.

The Next Morning:

1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1-2 cups unbleached white flour
2 tsp salt
Cornmeal for sprinkling.

Stir down mixture (it will have risen considerably). If it has risen too high and fallen, no problem, just stir down the rest of the way. Sprinkle a scant teaspoon baking soda and 2 teaspoons sea salt over the surface of the dough and work in.
Flour your board with 1 cup flour or more (up to 2 cups), until dough is medium stiff - enough to roll out. Once you have enough flour in (I go by feel-never too dry and always moist) and the dough no longer sticks to your hands, give it a 5 minute kneading.
Get 2 baking sheets or jelly roll pans and line with waxed or parchment paper-sprinkle corn meal over both.
Flour board again and lightly roll dough to about 1/2-inch thick. Take a 3 inch round cutter (a bit larger diameter, different shapes are fine too) and cut as many rounds as you can-rolling the left over dough out and cutting more until the dough is all used up. Try to keep them very uniform in thickness and diameter.
As you cut each round, place on corn-mealed wax or parchment paper-don't allow raw muffins to touch--they will stick. When all rounds are cut, sprinkle corn meal over tops of muffins.
Allow to rise in warm place, covered, for about an hour or until risen again. Don't get impatient, let them rise so you have nice big holes and texture to your muffins!
Now Comes The FUN Part! Preheat a griddle with a TINY bit of butter, until butter sizzles. Use a low flame or heat setting so the inside of the muffin bakes and outside does not burn. Pan bake one side for about 4 minutes and turn. Pan bake other side for about 4 minutes. Turn only once so be sure the one side is cooked before turning. While you can skip the butter if you have a non-stick skillet, they won't taste as good without it! They look like store bought, and taste supreme!

Sourdough Bagels (from Classic Sourdoughs )

No sourdough baking is complete without trying these! They are easier than you think!

2 cups stiff starter (whole wheat or all white)*
4.5-7 cups white all-purpose or bread flour
½ cup water
½ cup milk
1 tsp salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil (sunflower, canola, safflower, olive)
2 eggs, beaten

For Cooking Water: 4 quarts water (1 gallon), and 2 tablespoons sugar, dissolved (step 4).

1. Mix the 2 cups starter with 1 cup of the flour an ¼ cup of the water in a large mixing bowl. This is the working culture, and should be quite stiff. Proof 12 hours at room temperature.
2. Add another 1 cup of flour and ¼ cup water. Mix and knead until smooth. Proof 8 hours at room temperature. After proofing, this is the fully active culture.
3.Punch down. Mix together the milk, salt, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, the oil and the eggs. Add to the active culture and mix well. Stir in 1 cup flour. Now with your hands, mix and spoon knead the remaining flour into the dough 1 cup at a time , until you feel that it is soft, but not sticky. If it's not holding together well and very stiff, it has too much flour (add water, a tbs at a time until it returns to a more pliable dough). When too stiff to work by hand, transfer to the floured board and knead in the remaining flour.
(*If you used an all white starter, you may need all 7 cups to reach the right consistency. If you used a whole wheat starter, 4.5-5 cups should be about what you need.)
4. Divide the dough into 15 equal balls. Roll each ball into a 6-inch-long rope. Pinch the ends of each together to form a donut shape. Or roll into a ball, press to flatten slightly, poke a hole in the middle than twirl it around your finger, gently pinching to round the shape out. Place them on a heavily floured, or silicone pad (you're going to need to gently pry them off later, without deflating them). Proof, covered 2 hours at 75-85 degrees F or 12-24 hours in fridge.
5. Bring the 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar to the water. Drop the bagels, two at a time, into the boiling water. When they rise to the surface, or at bout 45 seconds, turn them, boil another 45 seconds, then using tongs or preferably a slotted spoon, transfer them to paper towels to drain briefly, then place on a baking sheet.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until slightly golden. Transfer the bagels to a wire rack to cool. Bag them to help them retain moisture or they will dry out.

Polish Cottage Rye Sourdough (from Local Breads )

This is the darkest, most rustic of polish ryes and stands up to strong flavors like stews, sausages
and vodkas. It has a wonderful old-fashioned flavor that's impossible to find in the United States.
Because this bread is made with a large quantity of sourdough, it will stay fresh for at least 5 days
and its rye flavor will be more pronounced.

Step 1 – the sponge
3 tbs starter
¾ cup tepid water
1 cup white rye flour

Make the rye sourdough sponge: take 3 tbs active starter, ¾ cup tepid water, and 1 cup white rye flour. Stir until it makes a smooth thick paste. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand for 8-12 hours.

Step 2 - the dough
2 cups approx. of the sponge
1 ½ cups tepid water
3 ¼ cups unbleached bread flour, preferably high-gluten
1 ½ tsp sea salt

Stir the sponge to break it up and soften it, add the flour, water and salt and stir just until a rough, ragged dough forms.
Knead the dough by hand for 15-18 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and springy (or put it in a mixer with a dough hook on medium speed for 12-13 minutes, stopping once or twice to scrape down the hook and sides – the dough will be sticky and not clear the sides of the bowl on its own).
Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled, clear 2-quart container with a lid. With masking tape, mark the spot on the container that the dough will reach when it rises one and a half times in volume. Cover and leave it to rise and room temperature until it reaches this mark (2 – 2 ½ hours approximately). It will feel spongy and less sticky at this point.
Shape by heavily dusting a bowl, banneton or towel-lined colander with rye flour. Lightly dust the
counter with rye flour. Scrape the dough out of the container and onto the counter and shape it into
a round (using the 'rounding' procedure described in the 'Baking Tips' section). Place the round,
smooth side down into the new container and cover with plastic wrap.
Proof the round: leave to rise at room temperature (70 to 75°) until it doubles in size (1 ½ to 2 hours
approximately). It will look airy and soft.
About 1 hour before baking, place a baking store if you have one, on the middle rack of the oven
and a cast iron skillet or baking pan on the lower rack. Heat oven to 450°.
Bake: lightly flour a baker's peel or rimless baking sheet with rye flour. Uncover the loaf and tip it
out onto the peel or cookie sheet, guiding it to the center with one hand. Slide the round onto the
baking stone (or, if you don't have one, keep it on the cookie sheet). Place ¾ cup of ice cubes in the
skillet/baking pan on the lower rack to produce steam. Bake until the round is dark reddish brown,
40 to 50 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack completely for about 2 hours before slicing. This bread can be stored in a
paper bag for approximately 5 days or freeze in a plastic bag for 1 month.

Sourdough Apple Streusel Muffins (from Pat's Sourdough Favorite Recipes )

“These muffins have a crumb topping that makes them resemble miniature coffee cakes. Been a favorite in our family for years.”

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon allspice
½ teaspoon salt
2 eggs
½ cup sourdough starter
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup melted butter
1 cup diced unpeeled apples (tart)

½ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
½ teaspoon salt

Mix flour, baking powder, sugar, soda, cinnamon, allspice, soda and salt together in a bowl until well blended. Mix eggs and sour cream, sourdough starter and melted butter. Beat until well blended. Stir diced apples. Pour egg mixture over flour mixture and blend until dry ingredients are moist. Spoon into greased muffin tins. Top with cinnamon topping. Bake 375°F for 20 minutes.

Topping: Mix all topping ingredients with fork until mixture resembles coarse meal

Old-fashioned Donuts (from Pat's Sourdough Favorite Recipes )

These are easy to make and very delicate.

Prepare a sponge the night before by mixing 2 cups tepid water with 2 cups flour and 1 cup sourdough starter in a medium bowl. Cover and let sit over night.

1 ½ cups starter sponge
1 egg, well beaten
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
dash of cinnamon (a shake or two)
dash of mace (may be omitted)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ cups all-purpose gold medal flour

Mix the sponge with the egg, honey, melted butter and add the salt, dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and mace. Mix together the flour and baking powder. Add to the sponge mix and work until all flour is blended. Turn onto floured surface and knead a few seconds until the dough handles well. The dough should be soft and not sticky. Set to raise in a buttered bowl, cover and put in the refrigerator to chill for 1 hour.

Turn out onto a lightly floured board and roll to ½ inch thick. Cut with a donut cutter. Save centers to fry or re-roll for more donuts. Let set for 3 minutes while oil is heating to 375°F in an electric skillet or to temperature on a candy thermometer. The cooking oil should be held at a constant temperature and do not cook more than 4-5 donuts at a time. Have oil 4 inches deep. Place 4-5 donuts in oil at a time. Cook for 1 ½ minutes and turn with tongs. Cook another 1 ½ minutes or until lightly browned. Drain on paper towels, let cool. Dust with powdered sugar or any other desired topping or frosting.

Makes 13 donuts and holes.

Sourdough Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Pat's Sourdough Favorite Recipes )

Absolutely delicious, these are an all-time favorite. Makes about 70 small cookies. Recipe can be cut in half for a smaller batch.

4 ½ cups flour all-purpose, unsifted
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup Crisco, softened (or replace with lard, butter, palm or coconut oil)
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ¼ cups brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup sourdough starter
4 eggs
1 ¾ cup walnuts, chopped
1 12-ounce packages chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375°F
In a a large bowl, combine butter, Crisco, sugars and mix well. Add eggs and beat until all is blended. Add vanilla and sourdough starter. Beat in flour, soda and salt and mix well. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons onto greased or lined cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 12 minutes (or longer if needed). Cool on a wire rack.

Sourdough Old Fashioned Cinnamon Buns (from Pat's Sourdough Favorite Recipes )

A classic that's made better with sourdough and is perfect for breakfast!

4 cups flour all-purpose
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups sourdough starter (take out a ½ cup of starter the night before and feed it 2 cups water and
2 cups flour and 1 tablespoon sugar. Let sit covered overnight).
1 cup milk
¼ cup butter
1 egg
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
½ cup finely chopped walnuts
½ cup raisins
2 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
2/3 cup softened butter

Sugar glaze- 1 cup confectioners sugar plus 4 teaspoons melted butter, and enough real dairy cream to make a smooth paste (or cream cheese for extra rich cream). You may add rum or vanilla.

In a bowl, combine sugar, salt and sourdough starter. In a saucepan heat milk and ¼ cup butter until warm (not hot). Add milk and butter mixture to starter. Now add the one egg and beat well. Stir in the rest of the flour one cup at a time. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth. Add more flour if needed, a little at a time. Put into a well greased bowl and let rise until double in size. Punch down and roll out into a square. Combine the sugars, spread the softened butter onto the dough. Sprinkle the sugars evenly. Now dust with cinnamon, raisins and walnuts, roll and cut into 1 inch pieces. Put cut side down in a grease pan. Let rise again until double in size. Cook in a 375° F oven for 30 minutes. Frost while still warm.

Cheddar Cheese Bread (from Cooking the Sourdough Way )

If your a cheese fan, this simple tangy cheese bread is not one to pass up!

Prepare a sponge by taking 1 ½ cups starter, with 1 ½ cups flour and 1 cup tepid water. Cover and let sit out for 8-12 hours (overnight).

1 ½ cups sponge
1 cup milk
¼ cup sugar (less if desired)
1 tsp salt
3 tablespoons melted butter
1 egg
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
4 cups all purpose flour

Mix ingredients in order. Add the flour a little at a time. Once the ingredients are mixed, turn the dough out onto a flat floured surface and knead it until soft. Form the loaf and place it in a greased bread pan. Let the bread set in a warm place until double in bulk. Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Test for completion by thumping the loaf with your finger and listen for a hollow sound. When its done, remove the bread from the pan and let it cool.

Country Corn Bread (from Cooking the Sourdough Way )

Prepare a sponge by taking 1 ½ cups starter, with 1 ½ cups flour and 1 cup tepid water. Cover and let sit out for 8-12 hours (overnight).

1 ½ cups sponge
1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tablespoons sugar
½ cup melted butter
½ tsp salt

Stir the ingredients together and pour the batter into a greased bread pan. Bake at 450°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. This bread is only complete when served hot with lots of butter!

German Christmas Bread (from Classic Sourdoughs )

Sweet yeast breads from Germany are known as 'stollens' throughout Europe. A sourdough sweet Christmas bread may strike you as an oxymoron. Maybe it is, but try it and be surprised! You can substitute a mixture of candied fruits for the citron. Top with a glaze of your choice.

2 cups cold liquid starter
4 ¾ cups white flour
½ cup water
¾ cup milk
½ cup butter, melted
2 tsp salt
½ cup raisens
½ cup currants
½ cup candied citron
grated zest of 1 lemon
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp cardamom

Mix the liquid culture with 1 cup of the flour and ¼ cup of the water in a large mixing bowl. Cover and let sit 12 hours at room temperature.
Add 1 cup of the flour and the remaining ¼ cup water. Proof 4-8 hours. After proofing, this is your fully active culture
Punch down. Mix together the milk, butter, salt, raisins, currants, citron, lemon zest and spices. Add to the dough and mix well. Reserve 1 cup flour for flouring the board. Mix and spoon knead the remaining 1 ¾ cups flour into the dough 1 cup at a time. When too stiff to mix by hand, transfer to the floured board and knead in the remaining flour.
Form an oblong loaf, place on a baking sheet, and proof at the same temperature used above until the dough is double in volume (3-4 hours).
Bake in a preheated oven at 375°F for 50-55 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. You may glaze the top of the loaf with whatever you desire (orange glaze, sugar cream frosting, etc) while its still warm.

Myrtle's Sourdough Chocolate Cake (from The Complete Sourdough Cookbook )

½ cup starter
¼ cup non-fat dry milk
1 ½ cups flour
1 cup tepid water

½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 eggs
3 squares melted chocolate

Mix the first half of the ingredients and let stand a couple hours until it smells a bit yeasty. Then cream the shortening and sugar in a separate bowl. Add the vanilla, salt and baking soda to this mix. Then add 2 eggs, one at a time and mix well. Add the 3 squares melted chocolate. Stir this creamed mixture into the sourdough mix. Gently blend. Pour into a cake tin about 7x11 inch size. Bake at 350°F for 35-40 minutes. Cool before slicing.

Sourdough Banana Bread (from The Complete Sourdough Cookbook )

1/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (take old, ripe bananas and press with a fork)
1 cup sourdough starter
1 tsp vanilla or 1 tsp grated orange rind
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¾ cup chopped walnuts

Cream together the shortening and sugar, add egg, and mix until blended. Stir in bananas and sourdough starter. Add orange rind or vanilla. Sift flour, and add the salt, baking powder and baking
soda. Add flour mixture and walnuts to the wet mixture, stirring just until blended. Pour into a greased or lined 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake in moderate or 350°F oven for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool before slicing.
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