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sourdough french bread

Sourdough French Bread

Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast


  • 4 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup sourdough starter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 pack dry active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt

Cornstarch Wash

  • 1 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water


  • In a large mixing bowl, add yeast to warm water. Then add the Sourdough Starter, oil, sugar, and salt. Mix well and then add enough flour to create a soft dough.
  • On a floured surface and gently knead 20-30 times with flour. Turn dough into a greased bowl and cover. Once you see the dough's size has doubled, 1 to 1-1/2 hours later, it is ready to use.
  • It is time to preheat the oven to 400°. Take the dough and punch it down. On a floured surface turn the dough and divide it in half. Roll each half into a 12×8-inch rectangle. Roll up the dough, starting at the long side and sealing it with your fingers. Place the rolls seam-side down on two greased baking sheets and let them rise until they double in size, about 30 minutes.
  • Slice the bread in 4 and make shallow diagonal cuts across the top. In a small saucepan, bring water and cornstarch to a boil. Cook and stir until thickened. Brush some on each loaf.
  • Bake loaves for 15 minutes then brush with remaining cornstarch wash, and bake 5-10 minutes longer. Let loaves cool on wire racks.