Breads, Organic Living & Recipes

Baking Bread – My First Loaves of Sourdough! (With Recipes)

Rustic Sourdough Bread
Rustic Sourdough Bread

One of the most wonderful aromas to ever come out of a kitchen has to be freshly baked bread! I have such wonderful memories of my Dad being in the kitchen, kneading fresh dough and baking loaves for our family to enjoy! My Dad’s freshly-baked bread rarely lasted through the evening, as we would keep grazing into the kitchen and slicing yet another piece. Although I was too young to remember, my Dad often recalled how he was letting a loaf cool on the kitchen table when he turned around to find that our golden retriever puppy had devoured every last crumb!

Ever since I can remember, I have had a deep love for baking. Cookies, cakes, brownies (to name a few). However, I was always intimidated by baking bread. Something about the proper combination of the water temperature working with the yeast always concerned me.

After we decided to go organic, it became very important to me to learn to bake and cook from scratch as much as I possibly could. Believe me, I still depend on organic bread from the grocery store quite often! I’ve tried baking some basic loaves of bread over the last few years, and I am truly enjoying the learning process. It’s a beautiful sight to peek into a bowl of rising dough and actually see that it is working!

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When I walk into bakeries and see such beautiful loaves of artisan breads, it makes me even more excited to try new bread recipes! Recently, I’ve been wanting to try sourdough, brioche and croissants. I love looking at all of the beautiful breads on Pinterest, and last week I made my first sourdough starter from GracefulLittleHoneyBee.com.

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Today was a big day! The sourdough starter looked and smelled ready — right on schedule according to the recipe! So this morning I found a Rustic Sourdough recipe from King Arthur Flour and was quite pleased with the results! I found the bread to be soft on the inside with a nice crunchy crust on the outside. The bread went very well with olive oil and Italian herbs!

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28 Comments

  1. Anna you baked a beautiful loaf of bread! Sourdough no less! I found it amusing that you said your dad baked bread. My dad didn’t even know where the kitchen was I don’ t think. I find baking bread therapeutic and would love to turn out one of those artisan loaves too!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Julie! You are a huge inspiration to me with your lovely breads! I seriously wanted to e-mail you for advice! Yes, my Dad loved to make homemade bread — I think he started way before I was even born! He was often in the kitchen baking up all kinds of goodies! 😀

      1. Anna, you can email me anytime for any reason! I love chatting with you!

        1. Thank you so much, Julie! I love chatting with you, too! The next bread I would like to try is a French Brioche. Any tips?

          1. I’ve wanted to as well! I’ll have to start looking into it. I promised John Rye would be my next endeavor. I just got some flour so need to get working on that one. 🙂

          2. Oooh, rye sounds really good, too! My first introduction to rye bread was when I was a little girl, and we were at a luncheon with some family friends — because of it’s brownish color, I thought it was “chocolate bread”! Boy was I surprised! 😀

          3. It’s so unique, and not one that I could eat all of the time, but it’s definitely special once in a while. Now if I was expecting chocolate, I would have been pretty surprised too! 🙂

          4. Yes, exactly! I enjoy a good pastrami on rye! 😉

  2. beautiful loaves… I bake bread but never tried sourdough bread and now I am really tempted to. thanks for this lovely post.

  3. That looks so good, I bet it tastes amazing toasted with butter. Yummy!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it’s very yummy toasted with butter! 🙂

  4. Your bread looks wonderful – and first try! Keep your sourdough in good shape. We have had ours for nearly 50 years, coming along with us from Utah to Louisiana to Texas and now New Mexico. Of course, at times it has been on life support requiring serious resuscitation and some occasional surgery when some unwanted organisms sneaked in. Have a great day.

    1. Thank you so much, Darryl! I really enjoyed the whole process — it was a great learning experience for our young girls as well. 🙂 Wow, that is so awesome you’ve had your starter for nearly 50 years! Baking bread is really such a wonderful process, and I love the aroma from the starter to the finished bread! Have a wonderful day as well!

  5. It looks perfect Anna! Crusty on the outside, soft center, yum! I share your sentiments exactly about baking, and avoiding bread. I’m going to do it though! You are an inspiration!

    1. Thank you, Sadie! 🙂 Yes, for some reason bread has always been intimidating to me, but this was a really fun process from starter to finish! 😉

      1. I like what you did there! 😉

  6. Anna, the aroma of the bread is always unique and your bread looks very tasty with olive oil and herbs! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Linda! 🙂

  7. I love bread!!! this looks so good! Foof is always wanting to make sourdough but it has seemed intimidating to her! I love your story about your Dad making bread and it being gone!! I will tell Foof about this recipe so she can give it a try! Wonderful post!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynn! I love bread, too!! Tell Foof I completely understand! 🙂 I’ve always been intimidated by making bread … but have always wanted to! Lol. Oh yes, that was such a funny story about the bread being gone! My Dad had a great since of humor and always made us laugh when he told us that story! 🙂

      1. Thanks for sharing those special memories!

  8. Looks delicious Anna!! I used to be so intimidated by bread but I’m so glad I tried it….home baked bread is just so scrumptious 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂

    1. Thank you, Bec! I completely agree! Homemade bread is the best — so glad I tried it, too! 🙂

  9. Oh YUM!! I have always wanted to make sourdough bread. I’ve tried several other homemade breads, but I’m always intimidated by the starter. This looks fantastic!

  10. Hi Anna. I love this post. It brings back memories of my mom telling me about her grandad. He was a baker, so there was always freshly baked bread at their house. Nothing beats the freshly baked bread aromas filling the house.
    Your bread looks amazing. I believe it takes a special gift to get it right, and you clearly have got it right. This is a recipe I would love to try.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Lynne! That’s so wonderful that your mom’s granddad was a baker! I also love the aroma of fresh-baked bread!

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