Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sourdough Golden Honey Bread

A wholesome and delicious everyday bread.

Before you can make this recipe you will need a sourdough starter.  If you still need to make a starter click here to find out how. starter

Put the starter in a bowl, add two cups warm water, and two cups whole wheat flour.  Let stand overnight in a warm place.  Take away one cup of the dough and put it back in the sourdough pot.  To the remainder of the dough add:

4 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup wild honey

Scald the milk and melt the butter and honey in it.  Cool to lukewarm.  Mix the sugar, salt, and soda.  Blend together the basic dough, the milk mixture, and two cups of flour.  Sprinkle the sugar, salt, and soda mixture on top of the dough and stir gently.  Set dough in a warm place, covered with a cloth, for 30 minutes.  Sift in the remaining two cups of flour until the dough is too stiff to stir with a spoon. 
Turn out on a floured board and start to knead, adding enough wheat flour to keep the dough smooth and firm.  Knead until light and satiny.  Divide in half, either pace in greased bread pan or into round cakes.  Grease the top and set in a warm spot.  Let it double in bulk.
Bake in a moderate 325 degree oven until it sounds hollow when thumped on top, about one hour.  Remove from the oven and turn out to cool.  Butter the top crust.

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