Cotswold Crunch Sourdough

Ingredients

120g sourdough starter

200g Matthews Strong White Flour

200g water

140g Matthews Cotswold Crunch Flour

1 tsp salt

1 bulb garlic, roasted with a drizzle of olive oil

1 tsp dried chilli flakes

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Method

9pm. Add water and 200g flour to sourdough starter and mix. Leave overnight in a covered bowl in the kitchen.

9am. Next morning this should look bubbly and lively. Add Cotswold Crunch flour, mix and leave for 30 minutes. Then add salt and roughly mix into the dough with your fingers. Leave for another 30 minutes, then do 4 stretch and folds in the bowl, filled by another 3-4 sets of stretch and folds approximately every 30 minutes.

Leave to prove in the covered bowl for another couple of hours or so until well risen and roughly double in size. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently stretch dough into a large rectangle without tearing, scatter garlic and chilli on the surface and then roll up and shape. Rest for 20 minutes and final shape the dough before placing into a floured banneton/bowl. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.

9am. Next morning heat the oven to 240C.

Turn out chilled dough onto baking parchment, score and then place into a lidded ovenproof pot. Bake with the lid on for 40 minutes. If you’d like the bread a little darker, place the bread directly on the oven shelf for a further 5-10 minutes – to your preference.

All timings approximate depending on ambient temperature.

Thank you to Alison Travis for the recipe

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