24-Hour Sourdough Bread

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated March/April 2005

Could we take the most difficult bread recipe and turn it into a foolproof, one-day affair?

SERVESMakes Two Loaves (1 1/2 pounds each)

TIME1½ hours, plus 13½ to 20½ hours rising and 2 hours cooling

24-Hour Sourdough Bread

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

In buying a ready-made starter for our sourdough bread recipe, we produced a flavorful loaf while eliminating the weeks of intense babysitting that cultivating a home starter requires. Turning our attention to the next two time-consuming st...

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