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    San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread

    San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread. Photo by breezermom

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    5 hrs 10 mins

    4 hrs 30 mins

    40 mins

    Pa. Hiker's Note:

    Crispy crust, sourdough flavor in an easy French bread recipe.

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    loaves

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, mix with starter.
    2. 2
      Add 3 cups flour, sugar and salt, stir vigorously 2 or 3 minutes.
    3. 3
      Cover with a cloth, set in warm place and let rise 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
    4. 4
      Mix baking soda with 1 cup of remaining flour and stir in, the dough should be stiff.
    5. 5
      Turn out onto a floured surface and begin kneading.
    6. 6
      Add the remaining 1 cup of flour or more if needed to control stickiness.
    7. 7
      Knead until satiny, between 5 and 10 minutes.
    8. 8
      Shape into 2 oblong loaves or 1 large round loaf, place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
    9. 9
      Cover with a cloth, set in warm place free from drafts and let rise 1 to 2 hours or until nearly doubled in size.
    10. 10
      Before baking, brush outside with water and make diagonal slashes across the top with a sharp single-edge razor blade.
    11. 11
      Put a shallow pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven.
    12. 12
      Bake at 400° F for 45 minutes or until the crust is a medium dark brown.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 01, 2009

      55

      DE-VINE!!!! Wonderful recipe...excellent instruction...delicious results ...I followed directions to the letter...made one large loaf that I brushed with salted H20 which resulted w/ a crunchy crisp pretzel like crusty top and perfect airy interior...used Sourdough Bread Starter as my starter (been nursing that since Dec.08) - oh did bake slightly less that 45...{{ one reviewer said 34 that about was when i ck'ed it too, basically get familiar w/ your own oven and the weather ;) }} THE BEST BREAD Thanks for the recipe share...a def. do it again!!! :)

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    • on June 21, 2013

      45

      Pretty good recipe. My starter is relatively fresh, so it was not strongly sour. I dusted sheet pan with cornmeal and sprinkled sesame seeds on top. Thankfully, I read reviews and shortened baking time to 35 minutes or it would have burned. All in all, I would make it again. However, it did lack the chewy texture I prefer in french bread.

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    • on June 18, 2013

      Wonderful bread! Made it in loaf pans and it was fantastic! Great sandwich loaf!

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    Nutritional Facts for San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread

    Serving Size: 1 (1018 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1173.2
     
    Calories from Fat 31
    70%
    Total Fat 3.5 g
    5%
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    2%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 2969.4 mg
    123%
    Total Carbohydrate 245.1 g
    81%
    Dietary Fiber 10.0 g
    40%
    Sugars 5.0 g
    20%
    Protein 34.7 g
    69%

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    sourdough starter

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