Nutty Girl Bread

Onward with the bread obsession! This week I tried a nut bread, using my sourdough starter.

1 cup fed sourdough starter
1 Tblsp butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1/2 - 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I used sliced almonds, because that's what I had on hand)
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 cup wheat flour
1 1/2 cup white flour

1. Melt the butter.

2. Add the milk to the butter.

3. Add the salt, nuts, honey, and ginger and stir thoroughly.

4. Add this to the fed starter and stir well.

5. Add the wheat flour and stir to combine.

6. Add the white flour. If it gets too stiff, transfer to a flat surface and knead the rest in.

7. Knead until dough is smooth and satiny.

8. Proof the dough for 10 hours or so, covered.

9. Transfer the dough to a bread pan, and let proof again for 4 hours*.

10. Empty the water pan, close the oven, and set it to 375 degrees F. Let it bake for 70 minutes (starting from the moment you turn the oven on).

* I proof bread by putting it in the oven, putting a shallow pan on the tray underneath it, and filling that shallow pan about 1/2" deep with boiling water from the kettle, then shutting the oven door...this insulates very well, keeps it at a consistent mid-range temp, and keeps it from drying out.

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