San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Well, tonight I had leftovers from lunch, so I decided to make sourdough bread for my trip to Taylor Tx and  Southkake Tx this weekend. 

1 cup sourdough starter
1 cup lukewarm water
7-8 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon yeast (because I like a lighter bread)

Mix starter water and 1/2 flour, sugar and salt together and let air in a warm place covered with a towel for about 1 1/2 hours, then add remaining flour, kneading until smooth and elastic.  Let sit 1 1/2 hours to double in size.  Punch down dough and knead into loaf shape of your choice.  Cover with towel let rise 1 1/2 hours.  Bake in 400* oven with a hot pan of water pm the bottom rack for 20 minutes.  Brush with water/cornstarch (1 tbspn corn starch and 1 cup boiling water mixed together and then cooled) mixture and bake for another 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.

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