Am I the only one who finds the time and energy that it takes to make good sourdough bread a bit daunting?

I am looking forward to starting to bake my own breads again in the next week or two, and I just stumbled upon this recipe and demonstration videos by Serene Allison (of Above Rubies). It sounds almost too simple to be true, but I am eager to try it!

If you don't care to watch the videos yet, basically the recipe goes like this:

  • add sourdough starter and flour to a large bowl or pot
  • either stir it or stick your hands in and knead it for 5-10 minutes
  • use a bowl to scoop it out into bread pans
  • leave it on your counter a minimum of 7 hours to rise (enough time to neutralize the phytic acid in the grain)
  • bake it for 1 hour

That's it!!!

Has anyone tried a similar method to this? It looks incredible to me! I was planning to try mixing it up in my new stand-up mixer, but I just heard Serene say "don't use anything metallic because it kills the bacteria in the sourdough". Hmmm…

Either way, I would half the recipe to make 3 loaves for every two weeks, but this recipe makes enough to bake 6 loaves at a time if you want, depending on the size of your family.

If you don't currently have a sourdough starter like me (I let mine die earlier this winter- bad Stephanie!), follow this amazing tutorial (you have to scroll down- it is a multiple post tutorial) from Heavenly Homemakers to get one going.

Is anyone else as impressed as I am? Want to bake some sourdough bread with me? πŸ™‚