Quick Rising Sourdough Bread

French Country Sourdough Artisan Bread
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  • 3 hrs
  • Prep: 2 hrs 20 mins,
  • Cook: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 loaf (10 servings)
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Need a loaf of sourdough that can be prepared and baked in 3 hours? This quick rising sourdough bread uses active dry yeast for a faster rise while using the sourdough starter for the great sourdough flavor. Makes two small round loaves or one large round loaf.

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet yeast (active dry)
  • 1/2 cup water (warm)
  • 1-1/2 cups sourdough starter
  • 4-5 cups bread flour

How to Make It

  1. In small saucepan, scald milk and shortening. Set aside and allow to cool until lukewarm.
  2. In large bowl, add sugar, salt, yeast, and warm water. Pour in warm milk and melted butter. Stir until yeast is dissolved.
  3. Mix in starter.
  4. Add flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough is too thick to be mixed with wooden spoon.
  5. Turn dough out onto floured board and begin to knead for about 10 minutes, adding flour when dough gets sticky.
  1. Put dough in greased bowl and turn over so that dough top is greased. Cover and let rise in warm place for 60 minutes or until double in size.
  2. Punch down dough. Turn onto board and knead for about 3 minutes.
  3. Shape dough into a large round loaf or two small round loaves. Place on greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes or until double in size.
  4. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
  5. Using a sharp knife, slash an X on the bread top. Bake for 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when tapped on.