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Sourdough French Bread
2 loaves

1 pkg. dry yeast
2 t salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
6 - 6 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup starter
2 t sugar
1/2 t soda

Sprinkle yeast over waarm water in large bowl. Stir until disolved.
Stir in starter, sugar salt and 3 C flour until well blended. Beat
at high on elec. mixer 2 min. Stirr in 1 C flour to make thick
batter. Cover bowl with towel. Let rise in warm place until
doubled (1-2 hours.) Stir down batter. Mix soda and 1 C flour -
stir into batter to form soft dough. Turn onto greased floured
board. Use enough of remaining flour to prevent sticking and knead
8 min. until smooth and elastic. Divide in half.

Roll each half into a rectangle 9x16". Starting at long side, roll
up tightly and seal bottom seam by pinching with fingers. Taper
ends slightly by rolling loaf back and forth on board with one hand
on each end. Tuck tapered ends under or put in bread pan lightly
greased. Cover with damp towl. Let rise in warm place until
doubled (45 min- 1 hr.) Brush loaves lightly with water. Bake
35-45 min. at 400 deg. F.


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