"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sourdough Two Day Process

I love the blistered crust achieved with a long fermentation

If you have been following my blog you have probably noticed that I like to bake bread. And I tend to bake more on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday since those are my days off. I like to get a few loaves of bread into the freezer for the week and have a few extra loaves to share with our neighbours.

With sourdough you have to plan a few days ahead. I fed my "mother" on Saturday and made a biga before bed. Before I left for work on Sunday I mixed up a batch of dough and put it in the fridge for a slow cold rise. And I fed the starter again and made another biga that I used in another batch of dough Sunday night. The first batch came out of the fridge this morning around 6 and was ready to shape around 9:00 AM. I shaped three loaves and one went back into the fridge for another slow rise and the two were baked.

The second batch will be shaped tomorrow but won't be baked until Wednesday.


Edited this morning (Tuesday June 22nd) . This loaf was baked last night after an additional seven hour fermentation in a round Banneton.


  1. You've inspired me to try my hand at bread baking, Ann. Your sourdough looks perfect.

  2. Ann...your bread is always a thing of great beauty!

  3. I'm intimidated by bread baking but I might need to give it a shot after seeing your beautiful loaves. Sourdough is my favorite.

  4. oh my god, i'm eating a piece of the loaf from the banneton and it's so good Ann! thank you so much :)

  5. Thanks everyone.

    Cathy, once you start baking bread it becomes addictive.

    Hungry Dog, Don't be intimidated. Bread is very forgiving. Start with a simple recipe like Julia Child's French Baguette.

    Steve, I'm glad you and Jason are enjoying the bread.


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