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Sourdough Bread Recipes
Tips for using an Automatic Bread Maker

I have received requests for recipes using an Automatic Bread Maker (ABM). This is a little tricky because there are many variations to consider. I sometimes use an ABM to mix and raise my dough, but I bake in the oven because I prefer the texture.You may replace the water and some of the flour in your ABM recipe with starter. ¾ cup water and ¾ cup flour = 1 cup + 1 Tbsp. starter (I usually say 1 cup, but when working with the bread machine we need to be exact.) 1 cup water + 1 cup flour = 1 3/8 cup starter

Your flour type, climate, altitude, or humidity may make a difference so experiment and see how your flour and water measure out. With this in mind, you can take a standard ABM recipe and use starter:

Standard Breadmaker Recipe
9 oz. water
3 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp dry milk
1 Tbsp dough enhancer
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp oil 1 Tbsp oil
1 ½ tsp yeast

Standard recipe Adapted to Sourdough
1 1/2 cup starter (=9 oz water + 1 cup, 2 Tbsp flour)
2 cups flour
1 ½ tsp. salt
1 Tbsp dry milk
1 Tbsp dough enhancer
1 Tbsp honey
1 ½ tsp yeast

Sour flavor is a function of time, so if your want sour bread, mix the starter and 1 c of the flour and let it “sponge” for 1-24 hours depending on how sour you want it. When you are ready to make the dough, place the sponge and the remaining ingredients in the bread machine and either bake it in the ABM or use the dough cycle and bake in the oven.

Raising bread with sourdough yeast is nearly impossible in an ABM. The bread machine is programmed to bake on a commercial yeast time frame. However, you may use the ABM dough cycle to prepare wild yeast sourdough and then bake in the oven.
FAST Bread Machine Sourdough
I tried the following recipe using whole wheat sourdough starter and white bread flour for the rest of the flour. The results pleasantly surprised me! Remember I don’t usually bake in my bread machine. The flavor was delicately sour and quite good for a fast rising loaf. With a moist, open, light crumb, this bread satisfies even a sourdough snob like me.

1 c sourdough starter
1 tsp salt
1/2 c warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 1/3 c white bread flour
2 tsp. yeast
1 Tbsp oil
1 tsp dough enhancer

Place the ingredients in the bread machine using the standard white bread setting. If the bread tends to collapse, cut the ½ cup of warm water by 1-2 Tablespoons. Makes 1 ½ pound loaf.