While you don’t need a bench knife for making sourdough, it makes the process easier, especially for higher-hydration doughs. Plus this one is handcrafted and makes you feel like a sourdough rockstar.
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If you’d like to grind your own flour for making bread, you want to go with hard white wheat berries like these great organic ones. I love that you can choose from a huge variety of sizes too. Start with a small order and if you like them go back for the great deal of the 50 lb. bag!
While fresh-milled flour is NOT necessary to make amazing sour dough bread, it sure is a nice bonus. If you’ve been thinking about grinding your own flour, I can’t recommend this mill enough. I’ve been using it for years.
This tool is definitely not necessary, but it works so much better than a knife for scoring I thought I’d add it to my list. (This particular one includes a protective leather cover and extra blades too.)
A proofing basket will keep your sourdough dough the right size and shape during the final rise before baking. This awesome set includes a dough scraper and a proofing basket with liner. But proofing baskets aren’t required. In a pinch, you can line a 9-inch bowl or colander with a tea towel that you’ve generously dusted with flour.
This handy little tool will help you scrape the dough out of your bowl without ruining those precious air bubbles in the dough. But you definitely don’t need a dough scraper; you can use a stiff spatula instead.
While you do not need a dutch oven to make sourdough bread, using one results in an amazingly crisp crust and decadently soft insides. I personally use enamel cast iron dutch ovens, but just plain ole cast iron is great too.
While you can absolutely make your own sourdough starter, if you’d rather purchase one, I highly recommend this one. You’ll have a healthy jar of bacteria and yeast in no time that boosts the nutritional content of your bread, not to mention how it will add that incredible flavor! Oh, and guess what guys? There are many options here (I love the San Francisco one).
While I have never made gluten-free sourdough, so many of you have asked me for help in this area, I was elated to find this option to recommend!