Crusty Sourdough Cottage Bread

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This post took a long time coming for several reasons. First, I wanted to make sure you got the best recipe I could find. I also wanted to successfully make the recipe several times to ensure you could too.

Second, I wanted to make sure the pictures looked as great as the bread actually tastes. I’m still an amateur photographer and baker, and it took multiple shots from a variety of angles before I was happy with the results. This took several loaves over several weeks.

Third, I’m just really, really busy. Since my last post, I adopted a kitten (which died two days later from panleukopenia). I took a trip to Disneyland with my husband and toddler daughter. I got an iPad and started drawing daily for my Instagram (@Jennibeedoodles). And I kept working on carving Avocado pit necklaces for my shop.

Oh, and I adopted another kitten (who’s immune to panleukopenia), and I’m kind of obsessed with him.

Anyways, with all that going on in my life, it’s kind of a wonder that I managed to finish this post at all.

I’m hoping I can find an equilibrium in my life soon – but to be honest, I doubt it. Things always seem to get busy, and blogs often get pushed to the back burner.

If you have a little patience with me, though, this bread recipe is worth the wait.

It’s probably one of my favorite sourdough recipes I’ve ever tried. The crust is crunchy without breaking your teeth. The center is as soft as my favorite cottage bread recipe. And the flavor is simultaneously sour, savory, and sweet – so it goes well with just about anything.

If you’re ready to start baking this delicious bread, get out your apron and your mixing bowls and keep on reading.

Time

Prep time: 15-20 Minutes
Rise time: 2 Hours to 2 Hours 3 Minutes
Cook time: 35 -40 Minutes
Total time: Approximately 3 Hours

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this crusty sourdough bread:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water (110 Degrees to 115 Degrees)
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 Cup Sourdough Starter
  • 1/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 5 Cups All-Purpose Flour*

*Plus more for dusting the counter

Additional Equipment

Here’s what you’ll need in your kitchen to make this recipe:

I provided some links to products on Amazon, just in case you didn’t have everything you needed.

Instructions

Keep in mind that this recipe involves a healthy, well-maintained starter. If you don’t have a starter yet, you can make one from scratch when you follow these instructions.

If you already have a starter, grab your mixing bowls and stir together the water and yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes until the grains dissolve and the yeast foams a little.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the flour, starter, sugar, eggs, and salt. Stir until a rough dough forms.

Dust your table or counter-top with flour and turn out your dough. Knead the dough for several minutes until everything is well incorporated. The dough should feel slightly tacky to the touch. If it’s sticky, sprinkle a little more flour and knead it until smooth.

Place dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and allow it to rise until double in size, about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.

Once the dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly dusted surface and punch a little of the air out.

Use a pastry cutter, dough chopper, or sharp knife to divide the dough into two sections.

Fold each section into a sandwich loaf (or just squash it into shape) and place in two pans.

Allow dough to rise a second time until it has risen slightly above the tops of the pans, about 45 minutes to an hour.

If you’re not sure whether your dough has finished rising, lightly poke the top. If the dough springs back quickly, let it rise for a bit longer. If it springs back slowly, it’s ready to go!

Or if it collapses, it’s over-proofed. You could punch it down and try again, or you could pop it in the oven anyway.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Turn out your finished bread and allow it to cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing and serving. Your bread should sound slightly hollow when you thump the bottom.

Slice and serve! This bread made some really delicious sandwiches. My husband loved it as part of a tuna melt.

I look forward to hearing about the wonderful things you make in the comments below.

Secrets to Success

This crusty sourdough cottage bread uses some dry active yeast to ensure a fast rise time, and it compensates a little for newly made starters.

However, if you want a stronger, tangier flavor in your sourdough, you’ll need a starter that’s been around for a while. I recommend waiting at least two or three weeks to develop a fuller flavor. As you maintain your starter, don’t pour off the hooch that develops on top. Instead, mix it into your starter as you feed it.

You can also make your bread more sour by using wheat flour rather than all-purpose. And if you feel like waiting a little longer, you could punch down your dough after the first rise and let it double in size again before putting the dough in the pan.

Nutritional Information

Keeping track of calories? Curious about fiber content? Here’s the nutritional information for this crusty sourdough cottage bread.

Nutritional information

Keep in mind that I calculated this based on 12 slices of bread per loaf. You might have thicker slices (or thinner ones) and that will affect your calories per serving.

Did You Try It?

I love hearing how much people loved my recipes. If you liked this recipe, please tell me about it in the comments below. Feel free to share any tips, tricks, or pointers you might have as well.