How to make it

  • 1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast, starter, and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at room temperature, about 65-70 degrees.
  • 2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
  • 3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
  • 4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. I use cast iron or clay pot. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. You may slash the dough to make a design. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
  • Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.

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  • ambimom 9 years ago
    Just made my first no-knead sourdough from homemade starter. It was delicious! Can't believe that sourdough was so easy and tasted so fine. My dutch oven was not pre-heated nor was my oven. Baked for 1 hr covered, 15 minutes uncovered. The dough was v.v. soft and next to impossible to fold. Next time am going to either add more flour or use less starter and 5 hours rising at room temperature and 12 hours in refrigerator. I used 1 cup starter and 3 cups flour. No yeast.
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  • rob430 9 years ago
    I submitted a sourdough starter recipe but I don't know where it went as it's not showing up in my recipes....HELP!!
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  • pollymotzko 9 years ago
    Looks awesome! You sure are a good baker! Thanks for all your contributions on my webpage!

    Polly Motzko
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