Sourdough French Bread
My friend Mindy (@motivationmindy on IG) challenged me to convert her family favorite French bread recipe to sourdough. This recipe originally came from her sister and the entire family LOVES it. I love a good conversion challenge, and this one was a slam dunk. It really does make for a easy sourdough french bread recipe and I have made it twice in a few days, and my family has devoured it. Your friends will never now that this French bread is sourdough, it will be inhaled too quickly.
- 1 1/2 c water
- 3 T sugar
- 1/3 c + 1 tsp avocado oil
- 1 T salt
- 1 c active sourdough starter
- 4-5 c all purpose flour
Step by Step Instructions
In your mixer, combine water, sugar, oil, starter, and 3 c flour. Mix until a shaggy dough forms and cover and sit for 20-30 mins.
Sprinkle in salt and slowly add remaining flour as the dough mixes, until the dough cleans the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.
Knead for 7-10 minutes or until a soft, smooth, elastic dough forms that doesn’t tear easily when gently stretched.
Cover with a lid or greased plastic wrap and rise 6-8 hours or overnight until doubled in size.
Cut the dough in half and taking each half, roll the dough into a rectangle. Starting with the long side, tightly roll the dough and then pinch to seal. Tuck the ends under. Repeat for both loaves.
Cover with greased plastic wrap and set to rise for 1 1/2-2 hrs or until puffed up
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Before baking, make 3 slashes in the top of the loaves
Bake 27-30 mins or until a thermometer placed in the bottom of the loaf reads 190 degrees.