Recipe For Rustic Sourdough Loaf

This rustic sourdough loaf uses a 50% hydration and all the kneading is done in a stand mixer. It will take a day to make, but the results are worth the wait.
Rustic Sourdough Loaf
Rustic Sourdough Loaf
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At the beginning of the year I started training in the mornings. I have been a regular visitor to the gym for the past 30 years and mostly I have trained in the afternoons. But the gym I was training at does not have air conditioning and afternoon training was not a good option. It is not pleasant to train when it is over 30º Celsius. I chose to go in the mornings before work. Some days it was already hot by 6h30 but at least my training was done and dusted for the day. The change in routine was quite interesting. There is less traffic on the roads at 6h15 so getting to Somerset West was a breeze. But at 7h50 traffic was a nightmare and people were not very considerate on the roads. I was missing the first quiet hour of the morning, before people arrive at work.

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This meant my day started when everyone else did. It made me feel a bit off balance on the days I went to gym. But at least when I was done I could go straight home. I thought that would mean getting a better handle on recipe development. But, I did not make good use of my afternoons at all. There just seemed to be so much else that needed doing now that I had the time. Recipe testing has been relegated to the weekend days I am at home. Some recipes have needed more work than others and this rustic sourdough loaf was one of them. Not that I am complaining as there is something magical about bread rising as it bakes. And who can resist the smell of freshly baked bread? This recipe needs very little effort and a lot of patience.

Rustic Sourdough Loaf

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Recipe For Rustic Sourdough Loaf
 
Let the stand mixer do all the work for this bread
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Ingredients
  • 160g 50% hydration sourdough
  • 275mls tepid water, divided
  • 300g bread flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 75g rye flour
  • 5mls fine salt
Method
  1. Place the sourdough, 180mls water and the flours into a stand mixing bowl
  2. Mix on a low speed using a dough hook until a dough forms
  3. Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for 30 minutes
  4. Add the rest of the water and salt and mix on low for 10 minutes
  5. Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour
  6. Knead for 10 minutes using the dough hook on a low speed
  7. Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for 40 minutes
  8. Knead for 10 minutes using the dough hook on a low speed
  9. Cover and leave to rest in a warm place for 1 hour
  10. Turn onto a surface generously dusted with flour
  11. Dust the top with flour and shape into a round loaf using a pastry scraper
  12. Place seam side down onto a lined baking tray
  13. Score the top a few times and cover with a dry dish towel
  14. Set aside to prove in a warm place for 1 hour
  15. Preheat the oven to 220° Celsius
  16. Place the baking tray into the oven with a handful of ice cubes
  17. Bake for 40 minutes and remove from the oven
  18. Set aside to cool on a wire rack before slicing

 

Rustic Sourdough Loaf

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22 thoughts on “Recipe For Rustic Sourdough Loaf

  1. Beautiful bread Tandy!

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    1. Thank you Tammy 🙂

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  2. This bread look absolutely perfect Tandy. I’m always salivating over your baking delights 🙂
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    1. Thanks for the compliment Jem 🙂

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  3. Now that is a beautiful loaf! If I don’t work out in the morning, I don’t get it done. My mornings haven’t been so good lately!
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    1. I seem to not be getting to gym lately either 🙂

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  4. Homemade breads are the best. And this sourdough bread looks so moist. In love with the texture here.
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    1. Thanks Anu 🙂

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  5. Good for you Tandy! As much as I don’t really like air conditioning unless it is 40C, I find it hard to work out without it in a gym setting. That’s a lovely looking loaf of bread 😀
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    1. The aircon at our new gym is not that strong, but it sure makes a difference 🙂

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  6. Hi Tandy, oh this sourdough loaf looks perfect, the texture and crumb. I workout in the mornings too, if I don’t then I don’t.
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    1. I am getting like that in the afternoons 🙂

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  7. Your bread is perfect!! I’ve always wanted to try my own sourbread and need to get on it!
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    1. It is very rewarding Sues 🙂

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  8. I still have not had the time (or courage) to make a SD bread without yeast lol. It looks fabulous. Wow a gym without AC :-S

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    1. You should really give it a try! It is very rewarding 🙂

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  9. Ive no idea how youve made this bread look so moist Tandy! The last time I made bread it looks like a brick, hehe! You have such a skill when it comes to cooking!
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    1. Thank you Lucie 🙂 We all have our own special skills, and I am lucky when that extends to my bread.

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  10. I am in love with this amazing bread! I have never tried making my own bread but after reading this post I am quite curious about it.
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    1. I love making bread – it is so rewarding. Hope you give it a try 🙂

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  11. Can’t beat homemade bread, especially with lashings of butter.
    Have a great Monday Tandy.
    🙂 Mandy xo
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    1. For sure! Have a super day xox

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