Rustic Sourdough Bread & Giveaway

I was going to share a deliciously good looking (and tasting) sourdough pizza recipe with you. But you know what happened? We ate it.

Not just once. Multiple times. Mwah hah hah.

There. Now you know one of the ugly secrets of food blogging – not all the dishes survive long enough to be photographed.

And another other ugly secret? Sometimes you have to tell the photographer she isn’t allowed to eat until the photos have been taken. As I had the willpower (foolishness?) to do with this delicious sourdough bread. And my photographer is so wonderful she did. I love you honey!

Alright lets get serious here for a minute. Sourdough.

I love sourdough. Sourdough rolls make my sandwich so much tastier. I can’t eat a bowl of soup without a big crusty chunk of sourdough. And have you ever had sourdough pizza? Delicious! (I promise I’ll try to share that recipe next week!)

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve recently begun to experiment with bread baking. Bread baking that does not require digging a giant hole in your parents back yard to build a brick oven before jet setting to Japan.

So there I was minding my own business doing some simple bread baking. Then I saw a sourdough recipe on a blog that I’ve been following since I first fell in love with the food blog scene (and you should follow Crepes of Wrath too). This blog post: Simple Sourdough Boule. Inspiration struck. I wanted to bake sourdough; I wanted to eat that!

I took the plunge and ordered a sourdough starter from King Arthur Flour after my own attempts at cultivating one failed miserably. Within days we were eating delicious sourdough pizza (and not photographing it).

I’m still getting the hang of baking bread in general, but sourdough does not add any additional difficulty. But it does add a lot of flavor that we are loving. And we think you would love it to. So…(dramatic music) queue the give away!

(Baby Boy and Daddy not included)

King Arthur Flour was kind enough to offer one complimentary Sourdough Starter & Crock to a lucky reader of The Keenan Cookbook!

To enter, just do any of the following – do multiple for additional chances to win!

Rustic Sourdough Bread


  • 1 cup "fed" sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Combine all of the ingredients, kneading to form a smooth dough.
  2. Allow the dough to rise, in a covered bowl, until it's doubled in size, about 90 minutes.
  3. Gently divide the dough in half; it'll deflate somewhat.
  4. Gently shape the dough into two oval loaves; or, for longer loaves, two 10" to 11" logs. Place the loaves on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise until very puffy, about 1 hour. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425°F.
  5. Spray the loaves with lukewarm water. Or for a darker crust like the one pictured in this recipe, brush with an egg wash.
  6. Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each; a serrated bread knife, wielded firmly, works well here.
  7. Bake the bread for 25 to 30 minutes, until it's a very deep golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided courtesy of King Arthur Flour. The views and opinions expressed on The Keenan Cookbook are purely our own and based upon our personal experiences with King Arthur Flour. We were not compensated in for a positive review of King Arthur Flour.

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