Sourdough Boule

Sourdough….I just can’t stop making breads using my starter. Easy ones that taste wonderful are my go to right now. It’s still amazing to me what flour, salt, and water can do when given time!

This recipe makes 2 loaves. Feel free to halve everything if you want to only make 1 loaf. Or you could prepare the dough, then divide into two and make 2 different breads, one filled, one plain, like I usually do.

Remember to start the evening before as the dough needs to rest overnight to develop it’s structure and flavor. This doesn’t require much hands on time but a lot of resting/proofing time. Work it around your schedule, refrigerating the dough if you have to delay baking more than an hour after shaping, up to 8 hours. It’s all well worth it.

1/2 cup starter

3 cups water

8 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon salt

Mix the starter into the water in a large bowl. Add the flour and salt and stir to combine. Cover with a dish cloth and let rest for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Lightly shape into a ball by pulling the sides in, and rotating the dough 1/4 turn. Do this 4 times, and cover again with a dishcloth or plastic wrap. Leave at room temperature overnight, until doubled in size.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 2 equal parts.

Working with one half at a time, dimple the dough using your floured fingers. Shape into a ball again and roll the dough with both hands to create a taut surface.

Place the dough, seam side up, into a bowl lined with a towel that is sprinkled generously with flour. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

*You could also refrigerate the dough, covered, if you are not yet ready to bake, for at least 2 hours. Remove from the refrigerator right before preheating the oven.

Preheat oven to 450F. Remove the cover from your dough and place a big piece of parchment paper over your dough. Invert the bowl carefully onto your hand. Place on the counter and rub dough lightly with flour. Score using a lame or a razor blade. Place into the dutch oven, cover, and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, uncover then bake for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from dutch oven and cool completely on a wire rack.

Sourdough Boule

  • Servings: 2 loaves
  • Difficulty: easy
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One of the easiest Sourdough Boule recipe ever, you just have to remember to start it the night before. A versatile recipe, you can use this as a base for filled batards too!

Ingredients

1/2 cup starter

3 cups water

8 cups bread flour, plus more for dusting

1 tablespoon salt

Directions

Mix the starter into the water in a large bowl. Add the flour and salt and stir to combine. Cover with a dish cloth and let rest for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Lightly shape into a ball by pulling the sides in, and rotating the dough 1.4 turn. Do this 4 times, and cover again with a dishcloth or plastic wrap. Leave at room temperature overnight, until doubled in size.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Divide into 2 equal parts.

Working with one half at a time, dimple the dough using your floured fingers. Shape into a ball again and roll the dough with both hands to create a taut surface.

Place the dough, seam side up, into a bowl lined with a towel that is sprinkled generously with flour. Cover and let rise until double, about 1 hour.

*You could also refrigerate the dough, covered, if you are not yet ready to bake, for at least 2 hours. Remove from the refrigerator right before preheating the oven.

Preheat oven to 450F. Remove the cover from your dough and place a big piece of parchment paper over your dough. Invert the bowl carefully onto your hand. Place on the counter and rub dough lightly with flour. Score using a lame or a razor blade. Place into the dutch oven, cover, and place in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, uncover then bake for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from dutch oven and cool completely on a wire rack.


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