Rice adds an intriguing, slightly sweet flavor to this sourdough recipe. (Photo: Miriam Kresh/Unpacked)

Sourdough rice bread

Rice in bread dough adds an intriguing, slightly sweet flavor – and the bread stays fresh for several days.

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You can see this as a way to use up leftover rice, but honestly, I often cook rice just to make this bread. I like the moist texture and the way the crumbs hold together, which makes it a good loaf for sandwiches. And the taste is just slightly sweeter than most sourdough breads. Try filling slices of this bread with chicken salad, or with guacamole, sliced hard-boiled egg, and scallions. It’ll be a whole, hearty meal.

Sourdough rice bread

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Prep12 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Yield1 large loaf

Ingredients

For the overnight rise

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup newly refreshed sourdough starter
  • 3 cups white flour
  • 1 cup cooked, warm rice
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For the following day

  • 2 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  • Put the water, starter, 3 cups flour, rice, oil and sugar in a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and leave to ferment in a cool place overnight.
  • The next morning, deflate the sponge and to it add 2 cups flour, the salt and the baking soda. If the dough seems too loose to handle, add the last 1/2 cup of flour, cautiously. Don’t give in to the temptation to keep adding flour to aid your kneading; it will be very heavy. Oil your hands instead. Let the dough remain a little sticky.
  • Knead 10 minutes or until you’re sure that everything is well incorporated. Cover the dough again and leave it in a warm place to rise, 2-3 hours.
  • Deflate the dough and shape your loaf. Cover the loaf and let it rise somewhere warm until it’s light, 1-3 hours.
  • Slash the top of the loaf to avoid “flying crown.” This is especially important if the loaf is to be free-form, not baked in a pan. Give it about 5 minutes to recover, then bake in a preheated 350° F (180° C) oven for 1/2 hour.
  • When the top has a firm, golden crust, gently remove the loaf from its pan and turn it upside down to finish baking – another 15 minutes. It’s always best to test the loaf with a toothpick before assuming it's done baking. If it seems underdone, give it another 5 minutes, or turn the oven off and come back in 15 minutes.
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