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How to Bake Your Sourdough Bread

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In this six-part series called “Follow the Sourdough,” Chef John shows you how to make sourdough bread, from beginning to end. Last time, you saw how to knead your dough. Now it’s time to bake the loaf. Time to punch out the dough, roll it into a loaf, let it rise again, and bake it in the oven. This is it! You’ve come a long way, baby. You’ll see tips and tricks to make sure your loaf comes out of the oven beautifully golden brown with a crispy crust. Congratulations on baking sourdough bread from scratch! Did you miss the previous episode? Check out How to Knead Your Sourdough Bread. Or start at the very beginning with How to Make San Francisco Sourdough Starter, and get ready for a wild ride!

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Robert Eller

Robert Eller

Im having trouble with the starter. Ive tried several times and cant get past about 2 days max. On each attempt it is really active within the first 12 hrs. I feed it the first 24 and its fine. Bubbling like mad, smells good. Then, halfway thru the 2nd day, it just goes flat. I do the same thing each time, re-whisk it in the morning and re-cover it. After that, it just goes flat, like its dead. Any clues? I really want to make this work.

jeannefer

jeannefer

my first attempt didn't turn out well. I think I needed to knead it more. The second time it was pretty tough outside and inside but both edible - especially if toasted. I am just now adding flour to my sponge for my fourth attempt. Will let you all know if I get better or worse results

mom denise

mom denise

please help, my loaf basically has a great taste, but doesn't completely rise or cook all the way through. The crust looks pretty, but is really thick. Any suggestions, would be much appreciated.

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