Overnight Sourdough Bread
This is my favorite way to make bread. The overnight ferment makes it more digestible, and by baking it in a pot the bread is steamed and rises beautifully. You're going to make this bread in the evening before bed, so make sure your sourdough starter is ready and bubbly. (See the first step in instructions for more help.) You will also need a few items that make a huge difference in the finished loaf. You will need a 5 Quart Dutch Oven – a roaster pan or deep casserole dish with a lid will work too. A dough scraper is my new favorite tool while working to fold and knead my bread. You'll also need a Kitchen Scale for measuring all ingredients. I found that my cup of flour and your cup of flour can vary greatly, and will affect the outcome. I promise you this bread will be worth it. You'll feel like you've accomplished something great and your next loaf will be a breeze!
Servings: 1 loaf
- 50 grams Bubbly Sourdough Starter – (¼ cup. See step 1 of instructions)
- 350 grams warm water (80° F) – (1½ cups plus 1 teaspoon)
- 500 grams Bread Flour – (4 cups plus 2 tablespoons) You can use other flours, too: white unbleached flour, white whole wheat, or spelt. Whole wheat flour will be denser and won’t rise as much as white flour. For your first few loaves, you'll have more success if you don't use it. Don’t use gluten-free flours.
- 9 grams Celtic Sea Salt (finely ground) – ( 1½ teaspoons) or Himalayan salt
- You need to make sure your sourdough starter is bubbly and ready to go. If it has not been fed recently then take a few spoonfuls of sourdough starter from your fridge and give it that much flour and water and let it ferment for 6 – 8 hours. Here is more help for a bubbly sourdough starter. How to care for your sourdough starter
Before Bedtime ~ Making the dough
- Then add the flour and salt and combine together with a stiff spatula. You can also use your hands to get the flour fully incorporated. The dough will look a little scraggly, feel dense, and stick to your fingers. Try and scrape off as much dough from your hands as possible but don't over mix it at this point. Then cover the bowl with plastic wrap for 30 minutes.
In the Morning ~ Making and Baking the Bread
- Cover the bowl and let it rest for 30 to 60 minutes. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit your pot, leaving excess so you can grab the bread and take it out of the pot. Place your parchment paper over the bowl and invert the bowl to allow the bread to release onto the paper.