Sourdough Bread
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I've got a great recipe now for sourdough bread, and it's time to share it:

1 cup sourdough starter
3/4 cup lukewarm water
2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3 cups flour (bread or all-purpose)

If you don't have a sourdough starter, ask a friend that does, or google for a recipe. I use the Giza Culture and have been very happy with it. I got it from my uncle. It can live in your refrigerator for months at a time without any care or attention. It's quite hard to kill.

Mix all ingredients together (use dough cycle if you have a bread machine). Put dough in a greased bowl, cover with a wet cloth, and let rise for 24 hours. Sourdough rises much slower than normal bread, at least mine sure does.

Punch down the dough and shape however you want. You can let the shaped dough rise again, or if you're impatient (like me) just cook it. I like to use a baking stone and cover it in cornmeal. Put the stone and a glass bowl full of water in the oven as you preheat it to 400° F. Take the stone out, sprinkle with the cornmeal, put your dough on it, and bake for 22-25 minutes. The humidity from the water will give the sourdough loaf a crisper crust. You can also wet the loaf or spray it with water.

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