Leave your heart in San Francisco (Sourdough Bread)

I guess it’s official… I am now a blogger!!

Today during my rainy afternoon I decided to make a loaf of my Aunt’s Artisan Bread.  The base recipe of this bread tastes like a sourdough bread from San Francisco.  If you have every had that before you know exactly what I am talking about.  If you want to spice it up you can add any kind of flavoring that you want.  You could make it parmesan, cinnamon and sugar, rosemary, italian etc.

I enjoy having this bread around because it does not contain any processed ingredients…..which we all know is better for you.  And trust me —- it tastes better than store bought bread!

Before I gave in to this lazy and rainy afternoon I went to Zumba……..and dropped this little guy, Bailey, off for his bi-weekly bath and tidy.

The bread I made today was regular sourdough.  I thought it was best to start with a basic version being that this was my first time trying out the recipe.   Next time I think I will try a Dakota bread or Whole Wheat. So, stay tuned for different versions in the future.  🙂   Other than being absolutely delicious, the best thing about this recipe is that it only takes 4 hours (of which only about 10 to 15 minutes of actual processing time for you!!!).   Most breads take 18-24 hours…. and who has time for that!  (Major win for the busy moms out there). The secret is the use of more yeast and sugar.

To make the bread I used Pampered Chef’s Deep Covered Baker (found here, http://www.pamperedchef.com/our_products/catalog/product.jsp?productId=13833&categoryCode=FH )

Here’s the recipe: Ingriedients –

  • 3 cups flour, more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast granulates
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (I prefer kosher salt, less sodium)
  • 1 1/2 cups warm tap water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil or any combination of flavor infused oils 2 tablespoons of any dried seasonings, herbs or rubs (optional)


  • 1) In a large bowl, combine flour, yeat, sugar, and salt. Add 1 1/2 cups warm water and oil, stirring together until blended; dough will be shagging and sticky
  • 2) Cover bowl with lid, and let dough rest for about 2 hours at room temperature (dough will be ready when it has almost doubled and tis surface is dotted with bubbles)
  • 3) Liberally flour a pastry mat (or parchment paper), and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour (and herbs if you choose) and fold dough over itself 3 or 4 times. Fold the two sides of the pastry mat/parchment paper over the bread and let stand on the counter for 1 1/2- 2 hours to rise.
  • 4) 1 3/4 hours into the rising time, preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • 5) Cover the dish with parchment paper and place the dough inside, with the lid on, and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Take lid off and continue baking for another 6 minutes or so until the bread is golden brown on the top
  • 6) Let cool… Okay, nevermind go ahead and eat it. We don’t have the patience to let it cool in our house either 🙂
  • 7) Eat Up!!!  Serve with a favorite soup, with dipping oils/vinegars, seasonings. Bread can be used for sandwiches, bread at dinner, toasted and broken to make croutons, French toast, Paninis, etc.

One thought on “Leave your heart in San Francisco (Sourdough Bread)

  1. Emily this looks delicious! Thanks for the information on the dish too. It looks like something I could use often and for many other types of dishes. Your dog is so cute. What a great way to spend a rainy day.

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