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Rustic Sourdough Bread & Giveaway

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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.


49 thoughts

  • December 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I love sourdough bread! I have starter in my fridge I’ve been using and feeding for years. I even gave it a name “Bubbles”.

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:06 am

      Hahah. That’s awesome Renee. We haven’t named ours yet but we hope to keep it alive for a long time too

  • December 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

    This giveaway is great! I’d have to get my roommate used to the idea of something alive and growing in our fridge, but I think she’d come around. 😉

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

      It’s actually not too difficult and really tasty. Hope you give it a shot! 🙂

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

      Thanks Maria 🙂 It’s good by itself, but especially awesome dipped in some stew or soup!

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:09 am

      I think I figured it out – I need to cook two pizza’s at the same time, this way while we munch on one we can photo the other. Otherwise it’s just too painful to look at but not eat 🙂

  • joseph
    December 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I thought that sourdough takes several days to make. no?

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:11 am

      With this starter you just need to take it out and feed it 4 hours prior to using it in a recipe. Some recipes may call for the dough to sit overnight, and that does give it time to develop a more robust flavor. I usually prepare the starter the night before, then prepare the dough the next morning, and bake the dough at lunch. Timing works out perfectly 🙂

  • Jules
    December 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I love making bread! My son and father always fought over who got the crust of the homemade bread! What memories are made when baking anything homemade!

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

      I can’t wait to do that with Baby Boy 🙂

  • Christopher Sorel
    December 6, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    that looks like some great sour dough

  • December 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I just did a day sourdough, but one of these days I’d like to do the real deal…

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:12 am

      I think I tried a day sourdough and failed miserably. So I went with the KA Flour Sourdough Starter. Been very pleased thus far 🙂

      • December 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm

        Yeah one day seems pretty short to work up any sort of flavor… I’m sure the KA starter makes a much better one, though!

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:14 am

      Hi Marty, great question! This sourdough starter from KA is not a barm, its more like a very thick pancake batter. Mix 1/2 cup water with 1 cup flour and that’s basically the consistency of the starter.

  • Katie Walkere
    December 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I looooove sourdough bread. It’s my favorite. I’m been looking at this starter kit but I’ve been too scared thinking making sourdough bread would be too hard. Willing to try if I win 😉

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:16 am

      Katie, I was pretty hesitant at first too. When I first discovered the starter after reading Crepes of Wrath I sat on it a week before deciding to take the plunge. Glad I did. So far it hasn’t been hard at all. I just have to plan my baking more than I usually do. I take out and feed the starter the night before, the next morning I make my dough and let it rise, then by lunch its ready to bake. 🙂

  • amber lindemann
    December 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this opportunity! I would love this!


  • December 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I LOVE making bread. Sourdough has always been my nemisis tho. I keep trying. Yours looks great.

  • December 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    oooh, i would love this crock. my starter is currently in tupperware 😉

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:18 am

      Good luck! Your starter will be very happy to live in a nice crock home 🙂

  • Sharon
    December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Your bread is beautiful and I would love to win this prize!

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  • Deb Harris
    December 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Would love to win Sourdough starter. Make bread frequently but have always wanted to try sourdough.

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 8:19 am

      I’ve only recently gotten into bread baking and I love it. Sourdough requires me to plan ahead, but otherwise no different. Good luck! 🙂

  • December 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This looks so good! I love sourdough and have been wanting to get one of their starters for a long time. Thanks for sharing your success 🙂

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Erin I think you’d love working with sourdough!

  • December 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I am notorious for forgetting the picture before I eat item I am blogging.

    I love this crock!

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      More often than not its not forgetting, its actively ignoring and choosing to eat instead. Hah! 🙂

  • December 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    I have always been afraid to attempt a sourdough starter, but this makes it seem a lot less intimidating. Many thanks to you and King Arthur Flour for offering such a great giveaway! 🙂

    btw, I was really hoping the baby boy and daddy would be included. Dang! 😉

    • Chris
      December 7, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Cindy! I was pretty hesitant at first, especially having limited time in kitchen due to Baby Boy. But it’s not that bad at all 🙂 And sorry to disappoint, not Daddy or Baby Boy included 😉 heheh

  • Debbie C
    December 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I love freshly baked sourdough bread and rolls. That starter crock is a nice looking piece for the kitchen.


  • Nicole
    December 8, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I too want to eat that bread! I love sourdough and buy it often and swear I will make it one day. Perhaps this is my chance.

  • LeAnn V
    December 11, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I love making homemade bread in the winter! I didn’t realize King Arthur had a sour dough starter kit. I’m going to have to give that a try.

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  • Julie L
    December 12, 2011 at 10:51 am

    thank u for the giveaway
    Happy Holidays

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  • Spatel
    December 13, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Looks really good, like all the other baked items you have on the site.

  • Rachael
    July 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    This is such a great blog!!! Really makes me hungry just reading and looking at the pictures : ) I recently baked my first loaf of bread and it was incredible!!! I used a starter my friend told me about. It’s from Sourdough’s International and now I have to spread the word! I loved it. Definitely going to order more when it comes the time.

    • Chris
      July 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Thanks for the kind words Rachael!

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