** Atten: This is a very addictive recipe!

Sour dough starter:

1 c. lukewarm water
1 c. skim milk, heat to just under boiling
mix the liquids and allow to cool to luke warm
2 tbsp sugar or honey
1 tsp salt
2 c. flour, either whole wheat or 50/50 white/ww

mix the ingredients into a sticky dough

1 tbsp yeast added to 1/2 c. warm water, let sit for 10 min

add to the dough mix well

put in glass or ceramic bowl and cover with a towel

let sit on counter for 2 to 7 days –wait until it reaches your desired tangy smell and/or the bubbling stops

store in the fridge

N.B.  to replenish after use, add 1.5 c. warm water and 1.5 c. flour

mix well, let sit covered on counter for a day or two, then store in the fridge again

Onto the Bread:

2/3 c. lukewarm water

add 1 tbsp yeast, let stand 10 min and stir

1.5 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar or honey
3.5 c. flour of choice
1 3/4 c. room temperature sour dough starter

mix all together for a few minutes, knead into a smooth and fairly soft dough adding flour or drops of water as needed

put into lightly oiled bowl, flip dough once to coat, cover with plastic and proof for until doubled in volume, about 45 min.

once doubled punch down

– roll into a large oval and place on baking sheet that is lightly covered covered with corn meal.  gently cover with lightly oiled plastic until doubled, about 45 min

OR

– divide up and put in lightly oiled loaf pans, cover and let double in volume

OR

– roll out into pizza shell and top as desired, partially cook, add toppings, finish cooking as per pizza

OR

– divide into 6 to 8 pcs and form into long rolls that will make some great sub buns, again put on a baking sheet covered with corn meal and cover with plastic

pre-heat oven to 400 deg F.

fill a 9″x33″ pan with 1/4″ HOT water and put on bottom rack of oven

once proofed, make diagonal slices into the tops of your lovely loaves about 1/2″ deep

boil 1/2 c. water with 1 tsp corn starch, and then mix in 1 tsp honey

brush loaves with starch mixture

put on middle rack.

cook for about 35 to 45 minutes, brushing occasionally with the mixture

remove from oven and allow to cool until you cannot stand the aroma and the floor gets slippery with saliva.

cut, tear, or break off a pc

smother with butter, marg, maple syrup, honey, jam, jelly, or eat as is.

N.B. for a real treat:  melt some butter and add some freshly minced garlic and lather it on or even dip the bread.

do not forget to replenish your starter!