This bread recipe is very similar to my recipe for
Sourdough Semolina Bread.
This cornbread recipe came about because I didn't have any regular cornmeal to make cornbread for a chili feed we had in our winery. Since
I keep semolina flour in my pantry, I went to work with my creative mind. The result is this delightful Sourdough Semolina Cornbread.
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Sourdough Semolina Cornbread
Yields: 2 large loaves
Prep time: 15 min
Rise time: 1 to 3 hours
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 4 hour
sourdough starter, room temperature*
1 cup lukewarm water (110 degrees F.)
3 teaspoons salt
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vital gluten (optional)**
2 cups semolina flour
2 cups bread flour or unbleached all-purpose
2 teaspoon instant active dry yeast
2 to 3 teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher
* If you don't presently have a sourdough starter, either make your own
sourdough starter or purchase Packaged Sourdough Starter Mix by mail-order.
** Also called gluten flour, instant gluten flour, pure gluten flour, and
vital wheat gluten depending on vendor and manufacturer. This is flour with the starch and bran removed. Gluten is the natural protein in the wheat
endosperm which, when combined with water, forms a taffy-like dough. This retains the gas and steam from baking.
*** The thickness of your sourdough starter can determine how much flour needs to be used.
If you think the dough is too moist, add additional flour (a tablespoon at a time). The same is true if the dough is looking dry and gnarly. Add warm water (a tablespoon at a time).
Add sourdough starter, water, olive oil, sugar, bread flour, salt, and yeast in the bread pan of the bread machine.
Process according to manufacturer's instructions for a dough setting. NOTE: Don't be afraid to open the lid and check the dough.
It should form a nice elastic ball. When the bread machine has completed the dough cycle, remove the dough from the pan to a
lightly-oiled surface. Knead the dough several times and form the dough into an oval; cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl or in the bowl of a 5-quart stand mixer, combine sourdough starter, water, olive oil, sugar, bread flour, salt, and
yeast. Using dough hook, mix everything together into a uniform dough. In an electric mixer, it should take about 9 minutes.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rest for 10 minutes.
After resting, knead dough on a lightly floured board by pulling the dough towards you and then pushing down and forward with the palms of your hands
(kneading gives the bread the elasticity and lets it rise).
Place the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl. Place a damp towel over the bowl and then cover with plastic wrap (the humidity in the bowl helps in the rising process).
Let rise until it doubles in volume (when you can put your finger in the dough and it leaves and indentation and doesn't spring back out) approximately 4 to 8 hours
(depending on the temperature and the starter used, the rising time can vary as much as 2 hours).
Oven Bread Rising: Sometimes I use my oven for the rising. Turn the oven on for a minute or so, then turn it off again. This will warm the oven and make
it a great environment for rising bread. If you can't comfortably press your hand against the inside of the oven door, the oven is too hot. Let it stand open to cool a bit.
Sourdough rises more slowly than yeast bread; Always remember, the longer the rise time, the more sourdough flavor.
Cool or Refrigerator Bread Rise: If I don't have the time
to wait for the rise to finish or I know that I will be interrupted before the
completed rise, I do a cool rise. A cool rise is when the dough is place in the
refrigerator and left to rise slowly over night approximately 8 to 12 hours. I
usually do this after the first rise and the dough has been shaped into a loaf.
As this is a longer rise time, it improves the sourdough flavor in your finished
After dough has risen, remove from bowl, and place on a lightly floured board. Knead in flour to feed it one more time before baking. Shape dough into a loaf
shape and place on a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet that is dusted with cornmeal (I use the
Silicone Baking Mats instead of cornmeal). Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 to 3 hours.
After rising, slash the bread with a bread razor or a very sharp knife making three 1/2-inch deep diagonal slashes. Brush or spray the top of the bread with cold water.
Sprinkle with coarse salt.
Do not preheat oven - place bread in your oven; turn oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes or until nicely browned.
(A good check is to use an instant
digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature should be between 200 and 210 degrees.)
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Remove from oven and place the bread on a wire rack to cool. Let baked loaf cool for 30 minutes before cutting (this is because the bread is still cooking while it is cooling).
Makes 2 large loaves.