Vince had been wanting sandwich bread, made in a loaf pan, but he wanted it to be sourdough. Bread dough is really bread dough but I knew baking it without a lid wasn’t going to give s the crusty top that we love. With the normal sourdough, I keep the dough in the fridge, then put it in a cold oven to start the baking. That gives a great oven spring and is part of what contributes to the big holes in sourdough, which I love.
But, in sandwich bread, we probably don’t want big holes. Mayo would drip out of the holes, as would our tuna salad.
Vince has been saying he knew he was going to cut his finger trying to slice that crispy sourdough bread. Sure enough, this morning, he ct his finger. He said it didn’t need stitches . . good thing because I don’t think he would have gone to the E.R. and last I heard, the walk in clinic was just for suspected COVID cases.
Anyway . . I started the sandwich bread and a traditional sourdough bread yesterday. Again – the same dough, both sat out overnight but the traditional sourdough went into the fridge this morning and the sandwich bread went into a loaf pan and sat out on the counter til time to bake.
I had no reason to believe it wouldn’t work but I was a bit nervous about it. I’m happy to say it turned out amazing – perfect if I may be so bold as to say so myself. Well, Vince said it too.
Look at the crust – bubbly – a bit crunchy but not so crusty that a chain saw is needed to cut it. The bread has the typical sourdough chewy texture, as well as the amazing sourdough taste.
There are a few holes but no massive “lose the sandwich filling” holes.
I will continue to make my traditional sourdough round loaves, placed in a cold oven and baked with a lid, but I’ll also be keeping a loaf of the sandwich bread.
This bread just came out of the oven!
This one and the sandwich bread taste almost exactly the same but the texture/crumb are a bit different because the manner of fermenting and baking are different.
I said to Vince “That sandwich bread would make great French toast!” and he said “You’d better get another loaf started. Since it has to be started the night before . . another loaf is started.