Now that we've launched our online store, we have our sourdough starter available for you guys to try your hand at making some bread from scratch.
Making sourdough is not for the faint of heart, that's why we provide you with BreadBox for all the results without any of the hard work...
That being said, if you're feeling brave and do decide to try making your own sourdough - here is our sourdough recipe for beginners.
Makes 1 Large Loaf
400g Unbleached Wheat Flour (white, whole wheat, or combination)
260ml Filtered Water
80g BreadBox Sourdough Starter (available in our online shop)
1 tsp salt
In a large mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients until roughly incorporated. Then, turn onto clean work surface. Knead dough for about 10 minutes or until it passes the window-pane test.
What's the window-pane test? Take a small piece of dough and stretch it out between your thumb and pointer-finger. If the dough becomes thin and translucent without tearing, it is ready.
Place the dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel or plastic wrap, and let sit for 3-4 hours until roughly double in size (a great place is in a cold oven with the light on because it is warm and draft-free).
Turn the dough out back onto your work surface. Grab the edges of the dough and fold into the centre. Work clock-wise until you have formed a tight ball - the goal here is to give the dough tension so that it maintains its shape. Place top-down in a well floured banneton (see our Bread Making Tools) or medium-bowl. Cover and leave on counter for another 3 hours OR, for a loaf with more complex flavours, place in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
Pre-heat oven to 450F (425 if using a convection oven).
If you have a dutch oven: put the dutch oven in your oven as it preheats. When hot, take the dutch oven out and carefully turn your dough into the bottom piece. Using a bread lame (see our Bread Making Tools) or serrated knife, quickly score your loaf by making 1-2cm deep incisions. Place lid on dutch oven and place back in oven. Bake for 20 minutes, remove lid, and bake another 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
If not, place a baking tray in the oven as it preheats on a lower rack. Place dough on a baking tray and using a bread lame or serrated knife, quickly score your loaf by making 1-2cm deep incisions. Once the oven is done pre-heating, place tray in oven on the middle rack. Carefully (while wearing oven gloves) pour about 2 cups of boiling water onto the hot tray and quickly close the oven). Bake for 20 minutes, carefully remove the pan with water, and bake another 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
Let cool on cooling rack for as long as you can resist (15-30 minutes is recommended) and enjoy!
Let us know how your bread turned out by posting on Instagram with #BreadBoxCanada! And let us know in the comments if you are ready for a more advanced recipe!
If your breads don't turn out, keep trying and adjusting - it takes a lot of practice!
If this all sounds too complicated, don't worry, there's always a BreadBox for that!