Several days ago, I posted the recipe for the sourdough starter that I like to use. Today I am baking sourdough bread. It is a two day process, but WELL worth it.
The morning of the day before you are planning to bake the sourdough, mix one cup of warm water with 3 Tablespoons of instant potatoes, and 3 Tablespoons of sugar. Add that mixture to the starter and allow it to sit on the counter until later in the evening. I usually allow it to sit until just before time for us to go to bed. That is when you mix the dough. Here are the ingredients:
Mix all but the flour together in a large mixing bowl. Add three cups of the flour and mix well. Now add the next three cups of flour. I usually reserve ½ cup of the flour just in case I do not need it. Mix it well until a soft dough forms and all the flour is well incorporated. I use my hands for the final mixing. Next, you grease a large bowl and place the dough in it. Cover well and allow to rise over night.
In the morning, take the dough out, place it on a floured board and knead for a few minutes.
Divide dough into 4 equal pieces an knead each one until smooth.
Shape each one into loaves. Place each peace in a 8x4 bread pan that has been buttered or oiled.