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Sourdough French Bread II

Cooking Directions:
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1/2 cup water -- plus
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup starter -- (see below)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
2 cups warm water -- (110 degrees)
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon sugar

Sourdough Starter: In a 4-quart glass container, dissolve yeast in water
110 degrees; let stand 5 minutes, add flour and sugar. Stir with plastic
or wooden spoon until blended. Mixture will be thick; remaining lumps
will dissolve during fermentation process. Cover loosely with plastic
wrap and let stand in warm place for 5 days, stirring 3 times a day.

The starter will "rise and fall" during the fermentation period and become
thinner as it stands. A temperature of 80 to 85 degrees is best for the
sour flavor to develop. An ideal place is on the counter next to your

When the starter is developed, it is bubbly and may have a yellow liquid
layer on top; stir before using. It may be used for baking or placed in
the refrigerator to use later, cover loosely.

To use starter measure the amount specified in the recipe. When
refrigerated, let container of starter come to room temperature before
measuring about 4 hours. If baking in the morning, leave the starter out

Replenish with 1 cup flour, 2/3 cup warm water 110 degrees and 1 teaspoon
sugar. Stir until blended; some lumps may remain. Cover loosely and let
stand in warm place for 10 to 12 hours or overnight. The starter will
rise and become bubbly. Stir, then place in refrigerator to store. Stir
in 1 teaspoon sugar to keep it active if the starter is not used every

Sourdough Bread: Make sure all ingredients, except water, are at room
temperature. Use a liquid measuring cup to measure the water.

Follow the instructions for your particular brand of bread baking machine.
This recipe can be made and baked with the "French Bread" bake cycle.

This recipe yields 1 loaf.

Comments: High elevations may make dough rise faster. If recipe does not
work as is, decrease yeast by 1 teaspoon at a time. You may have to
increase water; start with 2 tablespoons. Addition of gluten will help
the structure of the bread, add 1 teaspoon per cup of flour.

You may freeze the baked breads; cool before wrapping in plastic wrap,
place in plastic bag and seal. Bread may be frozen up to six weeks. Thaw
by partially opening wrapping to allow moisture to escape gradually.

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