Crunchy, chewy, sourdough bread, with only a few simple steps this may be the easiest simple sourdough boule you have ever made.
3 - 3 1/2 cups unbleached flour (you can sub whole wheat or spelt)
1 1/2 teaspoons unrefined salt
1 1/2 cup water
1 cup active starter (sourdough or natural yeast)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or other unrefined sugar)
Mix 3 cups of flour, salt, and sugar together in a bowl.
Mix the water and oil in the jar with your stater. Shake it up and pour it into the dry ingredients.
Stir with your hands or a Danish dough whisk until just mixed. Don't add the remaining flour yet. Cover and let rest for at least 20 minutes. If the dough is still too wet, add the remaining flour starting with 1/4 cup and up to 1/2 cup.
Cover with a damp towel or lid. Let sit for 8 to 12 hours. (If you want it tangier you can go longer.)
Every hour or so if you feel like it, stretch and fold the dough.
Scrap the dough onto a lightly floured surface.
Flatten the bread, fold in the sides like an envelope. Flip it over seam side down and let sit for about 10 minutes. (Can skip this step, but it does create a better structure.)
Form a tight loaf by tucking the side of the bread underneath itself several times.
Put seam side up in a prooving basket or a bowl lined with a flour sack towel and dusted with flour.
Leave uncovered to rise for about 1 1/2 hours until almost doubled in size. This can take more or less time depending on the temperature of your house.
30 minutes before you are ready to bake turn the oven on to 500º.
Once the dough has risen turn out onto a piece of parchment paper. Make at least one deep slash in the dough 3/4 -1 inch deep.
Gently lower into a dutch oven or other oven-safe covered pot. Place the lid on and stick it in the oven.
Reduce the temperature to 450º. Bake for 25 minutes.
Uncover and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the bread has an internal temperature of 200º.
Put on a wire rack to cool. Wait for an hour (or at least 30 minutes) for the bread to cool.
Recipe by Nourishing Simplicity at https://nourishingsimplicity.org/how-to-make-a-simple-sourdough-boule/