Naturally-Leavened Cold-Proof Artisan White Sourdough Bread

Naturally-Leavened Cold-Proof Artisan-Style White Sourdough Bread

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I lurk a lot on Reddit, specifically the Breadit subreddit. Although I don’t post a lot of content (at least not yet anyway), I like to see what other bakers are doing with their bread and what techniques work best for different people.

Something that caught my eye recently was blistered crust.

Seriously, the blisters are almost pornographic whenever someone shares their latest bake. The photos make me drool, and I get the itch to mix some flour, starter, salt, and water together.

With many of my recipes, however, blistered crust was a happy accident and not a consistent feature. Many Reddit users recommended a long, cold proof to achieve a blistered crust, but no one seemed to agree just how long of a proof one needed to get the best results.

So this week I set out to achieve the ultimate blistered crust with a simple, straightforward artisan loaf with white bread flour. I think I nailed it.

100 percent whole wheat artisan sourdough bread

100% Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

I made my own 100% whole wheat artisan-style bread recipe. It took me over a year to figure it out. But this loaf was definitely worth the effort.

White and Wheat and Rye Artisan Sourdough Bread on Cutting Board

White, Wheat, and Rye Sourdough Bread

Ready for a fun new artisan sourdough? This blend of white and wheat and rye makes for a tasty and flavorful loaf. Perfect for turkey or tuna sandwiches.

maple oat sourdough sandwich bread on cutting board with bread knife and cup of oats

Sourdough Maple Oat Sandwich Bread

I love maple oat sourdough sandwich bread. It has all the tangy flavor of traditional sourdough bread, but it balances it with the homey sweetness of maple syrup.

white n wheat sourdough artisan bread on cutting board

White ‘N’ Wheat Artisan Sourdough Bread

White 'N' Wheat sourdough offers the perfect blend of whole wheat's flavor with white flour's workability. Try this recipe if you want a fun baking challenge.

pain de campagne on cutting board with tea towel and knife

Pain de Campagne (French Country Bread)

Ready for an exciting yet fun challenge? Pain de campagne, aka French Country Bread, is a high hydration sourdough that tastes like heaven.