The secret to making no-fail artisan loaves at home is a Dutch oven! Wonderfully chewy crust every time. The flavor won’t be overwhelmingly sour in this sourdough loaf, but it is wonderfully flavorful.
Combine water, sugar, sourdough starter, yeast, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in flour and flaxseed meal. Knead dough with either your hands or an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment for 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise for 2 hours.
Punch the dough down, turn onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly to shape into a ball. Place in a bowl lined with parchment paper. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Meanwhile, place an empty 6-quart Dutch oven in the oven and preheat the oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C).
Slit the top of the loaf 1/4-inch deep with a very sharp knife. Carefully place the dough, still on the parchment paper, into the hot Dutch oven and cover with the lid.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue to bake for 20 minutes more. Remove bread from the Dutch oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 1 hour before slicing.
Per Serving: 242 calories; protein 5.7g; carbohydrates 50.8g; fat 1.8g; cholesterol 0.1mg; sodium 199.6mg.
The best flavour of the flour could make a real difference to your bread. Different makers do vary. Great taste or Canadian flours, which are naturally higher in gluten, may give you a best rise than standard dough flours – especially if you’re making wholemeal dough , which not always rise as well as white bread.
To make this in a dough , add all the menus to your breadmaker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
A bread first rising can be make in the fridge 24 hours . This slows down the time it takes to rise to double its size, giving it a deeper flavour. It’s also a great timesaver , as you can work it night before , then finish it off the next day.