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Simple Sourdough Farmer's Bread

7 cup s
rye flour
4 cup s
lukewarm water
packages active dry yeast
3 1/4 cup s
whole wheat flour
4 1/2 tablespoon s
3 teaspoon s
  1. To prepare the sourdough starter: Place 1 1/2 cups of the rye flour and 2/3 cup of the lukewarm water in a large bowl and mix well. Cover with a damp towel and let sit at room temperature for at least 24 hours. The mixture will become a little bubbly and give off a slightly fermented smell. (If the room is cool, this may take a little longer.) 
  2. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water. 
  3. Place the remaining water, the sourdough starter, the remaining rye flour and the whole wheat flour, the salt, and knead the dough in the mixer for another 20 minutes. The dough should come together neatly in a ball. 
  4. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp towel and let the dough rise at room temperature for about 45 minutes, or until it doubles in volume. 
  5. Knead the dough briefly by hand to remove any large air pockets. 
  6. Butter and flour three 9 by 5-inch loaf pans. Divide the dough in three parts, shape each into a 9-inch cylinder, and place them in the prepared pans. Let the loaves rise for 1 hour or so, or until they at least double in volume. With a sharp knife, cut one long slash, about 1/2-inch deep, on the tops of the loaves. (This allows the dough to expand as it bakes.) 
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. 
  8. Bake the loaves for about 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F. and continue baking for about 20 minutes. Remove the loaves from the pans and let cool.
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About this Recipe

I bake this bread in a rather hot oven to give the loaves a nice thick crust. The sourdough starter must be prepared at least a day ahead.

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