San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread Recipe

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San Francisco Style Sourdough French Bread
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  • 1 1/2 cups water, warm
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups bread flour


  1. In a large mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water, mix with starter.
  2. Add 3 cups flour, sugar and salt, stir vigorously 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. Cover with a cloth, set in warm place and let rise 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  4. Mix baking soda with 1 cup of remaining flour and stir in, the dough should be stiff.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and begin kneading.
  6. Add the remaining 1 cup of flour or more if needed to control stickiness.
  7. Knead until satiny, between 5 and 10 minutes.
  8. Shape into 2 oblong loaves or 1 large round loaf, place on lightly greased cookie sheet.
  9. Cover with a cloth, set in warm place free from drafts and let rise 1 to 2 hours or until nearly doubled in size.
  10. Before baking, brush outside with water and make diagonal slashes across the top with a sharp single-edge razor blade.
  11. Put a shallow pan of hot water in the bottom of the oven.
  12. Bake at 400° F for 45 minutes or until the crust is a medium dark brown.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 534.9 Kcal (2240 kJ)
Calories from fat 27.92 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.1g 5%
Sodium 1279.62mg 53%
Potassium 227.86mg 5%
Total Carbs 106.86g 36%
Sugars 2.06g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3.28g 13%
Protein 19.15g 38%
Iron 6.3mg 35%
Calcium 42.9mg 4%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 243.74 Kcal (1020 kJ)
Calories from fat 12.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.41g 5%
Sodium 583.1mg 53%
Potassium 103.83mg 5%
Total Carbs 48.69g 36%
Sugars 0.94g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 13%
Protein 8.73g 38%
Iron 2.9mg 35%
Calcium 19.5mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 10.3
  • 14

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • cholesterol free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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