Watch more How to Bake Bread videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/164-How-to-Bake-Bread Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Make San Francisco Sourdough Bread -- it's famous for a reason! Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Make the starter Make the sourdough starter by stirring 2 tablespoons of active dry yeast, 1/2 tablespoon of sugar, and the all-purpose flour into 2 cups of warm water. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for two days. Step 2: Combine ingredients In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of bread flour, the remaining sugar, the salt, and the package of yeast. Stir in the milk and butter; then stir in 1 1/2 cups of your starter. Step 3: Mix in flour Mix in the remaining bread flour gradually. Add more if the dough is too sticky. Step 4: Knead the dough Turn the dough onto a floured board and knead it for 10 minutes. Tip You can also knead the dough in a stand mixer or bread machine. Step 5: Let rise Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning the dough around a few times to coat. Cover with a dishcloth or plastic wrap and let it rise until it doubles in volume, one to two hours. Step 6: Punch down Punch down the dough and then let it rest for 15 minutes before shaping it into two loaves. Place them on a greased baking sheet dusted with coarsely ground cornmeal and let rise until it doubles again, about another hour. Step 7: Bake Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before you're ready to put in the loaves, gently make 1/4-inch-deep slashes on the top with a sharp knife. If it's a round loaf, make two horizontal and two vertical slashes in a tic-tac-toe pattern. For an oblong loaf, make a few horizontal slits or one long vertical one. Tip Dipping the knife in cold water before each slash keeps the dough from sticking to it. Step 8: Make egg wash Beat an egg with one tablespoon of water and gently brush it over the top of the loaves. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Did You Know? The Ancient Egyptians made sourdough bread as early as 1500 BC.
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