Sourdough Bread

2002-08-23

Ingredients

  • 4 cups sifted flour (or more, as needed)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp shortening
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Sour Dough Starter II (Sponge Batter)

Directions

Step 1

Set sponge as usual saving 1/2 cup for your starter.

Step 2

Sift dry ingredients in a bowl, making a well in the center.

Step 3

In a separate bowl, add the shortening to the sponge and mix well. Add beaten eggs to the mixture. Pour into the well of the flour.

Tip: For a faster rise to your bread, add some dry yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup of warm water to the sponge batter.

Step 4

Add enough flour to make a soft dough for kneading. Knead on a flour board for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place for 2 to 4 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Step 5

Dissolve the baking soda in a tablespoon of warm water and add to the dough. Knead in thoroughly.

Step 6

Shape into loaves, place in a greased loaf pan and set aside to rise. When doubled in size, bake at 375 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes.



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