3 Cups Bread Flour
500gr plain unsweetened Greek Yogurt with active cultures
1/2 to 1 cup sour cream
1 Teaspoon UG Himalayan Salt
1 Teaspoon Instant dry yeast
- To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook (or use a large mixing bowl and wooden spoon and your hands), add the flour, Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, salt, and yeast.
- Turn mixer on low speed and allow it to knead dough for about 5 to 7 minutes (about 7 to 10 minutes by hand using a wooden spoon and then switching to your hands). Add sour cream as needed to form a very moist and wet dough. If it's at all dry or crumbly, add more sour cream (or Greek yogurt) until it comes together. Dough will be seem like it's almost too wet and it's very heavy, but this is what you want.
- Remove dough from the mixing bowl, spray a large bowl with cooking spray, pat dough into a round ball, place it in the bowl, and flip it over once so it's lightly oiled on both top and bottom.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap (spray it with cooking spray in case dough rises high enough to touch it) and place bowl in a warm, draft-free place to rise for about 6 to 8 hours or overnight. There's really no harm in letting it rise for up to 18 hours and the longer you let it go, the more of a classic sourdough/fermented flavor that will develop.
- After 6+ hours of rising, turn dough out onto a floured surface (without punching it down to preserve the air pockets and bubbles that have been created) and knead lightly for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Pat dough into a round mound, and place it back into large mixing bowl, seam side down. Cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 60 to 120 minutes, or until doubled in size. Placing the bowl on the stovetop is a nice spot for this rise because you're going to turn on the oven and the residual heat emitted helps with rising.
- Shortly after dough begins the 60-120 minute rising, turn oven on to 450F and place a covered 12-to 14 quart or sufficiently large Dutch oven (empty) or heavy-bottomed skillet into the oven and allow it to heat for about 45 minutes.
- After about 60-90 minutes or dough has doubled in size, remove Dutch oven from oven (careful, it will be very hot) and carefully place a piece of parchment paper on the bottom of Dutch oven to prevent bread from sticking.
- Carefully transfer dough from rising bowl to Dutch oven, cover it, and bake covered for 30 minutes. Don't open the oven door or the Dutch oven lid to peek; you want to seal in the steam.
- After 30 minutes, uncover the Dutch oven, and allow bread to bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until it's as browned as desired.
- Remove Dutch oven from oven, and remove bread from Dutch oven. Place it on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing. As tempting as it is, don't slice too early because the cooling process is important and should be considered an important extension of the baking process. Slice or break off hunks, and serve with honey butter, butter, jam, hummus, etc.
- Bread is best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temp for up to 3 days. Older bread may be better toasted.