Sour Dough Bread or Swedish Surdegsbröd
Sour dough bread is a very healthy, and very tasty, bread that is quite common in Sweden. It is very easy to make, but it does take its time to make. Once its baked you have a tasty bread that stays fresh for up to a week. At least. Save a piece of the sour dough in an air tight box or jar and you’ll have the base ready for next time.
- 4 tbsp rye flour
- 2dl finger warm water
- Mix flour and water and leave to rest in an air tight jar or box for at least 48 hrs. Do not put it in the fridge – it has to be warm!
- After 2 days, add another 2 tbsp of rye flour and leave to rest for another 24 hrs.
- DAY 1 – In the evening, take your sour dough and mix it with 3dl finger warm water and 200g rye flour. Leave to rest over night.
- DAY 2 – In the morning, take away 1dl of sour dough, put in an air tight jar och box and put in the fride for next time. Add 3dl finger warm water and 200g rye flour to your dough and leave to rest for 5-10 hrs.
- DAY 2 – In the evening, add 5dl finger warm water, 1 tbsp salt, 2dl flour and 500g rye flour. Leave to rest for an hour.
- Cut the dough in four and mould into loaves.
- Put the loaves in greased or papered baking trays and sprinkle them with a little flour.
- Leave to rest for about 40 mins until you can see little holes emerging in the dough.
- Set the oven to 250 degrees C.
- Put the loaves in the oven and reduce the temperature to 200 degrees.
- After 40 minutes, reduce the temperature to 180 degrees and leave the breads in for another 10-20 minutes.
- Take the loaves out and let them cool.
You can freeze the bread, but it stays fresh for a long time, so unless you’re a small household or nor very hard on the bread you can keep it wrapped in a plastic bag for at least a week.