Sourdough Bread (Also Known As Grandma Angelitas Bread)

Sourdough Bread (Also Known As Grandma Angelitas Bread)

  • Prep Time: 4 hrs
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 45 mins
  • Yield: 4loaves
  • About This Recipe

    “I have not used this recipe, it comes from a very old cookbook. I posted this for a request. Sounds good maybe I’ll try it”


  • 1cupsourdough starter( Listed separately on recipezaar)
  • 1quartlukewarm water
  • 1/2 cupsugar
  • 2tablespoonssalt
  • 5tablespoonsmelted shortening
  • 12cupsflour
  • Directions

  • Remove 1 cup starter and keep in fridge for the next time you wish to make 4 loaves.
  • Add remaining ingredients in the order listed.
  • Use only enough flour to make the dough easy to handle.
  • Knead on floured surface until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Let rise in a greased bowl, keep in a warm place, cover it, until about doubled. Knead again and divide into 4 equal parts.
  • Shape each loaf into a 9″ round & place in 9″ greased cake pans.
  • Let rise again.
  • Bake in 375°F oven for approx 45 minutes or until done (loaf sounds hollow when you tap on it and it should be golden brown).
  • Reviews

  • “Ok. End result: the bread was great. I read others posts before I made the bread and kept hearing things about how you “lovingly knead the dough” or that one persons post about lecturing her grand kid or something about how love is like friendship or whatever. I thought it was sweet until I started making the bread. I guess my first clue should have been that the recipe calls for a quart of water, but for some reason I didn’t catch on until I was counting out 12 cups of flour. Holy cow, what everyone really meant when they talked about kneading the bread was this: first your gonna need a frickin shovel to stir the stuff, then IF you do get the flour stirred in you are going to need a crane (heavily floured) to lift the gigantic ball of dough out of the bowl. Oh and if you had a bowl big enough to hold all the ingredients without taking it out side please tell me where you found it. I almost had to use my kids mini-pool. So assumeing you get it to a floured surface you are going to need some different kind of construction equipment to knead the dough, FOR HOURS. I ended up having to divide the dough into, not 4, but 6 loaves. And letting them rise individually. The recipe says to let it rise as one big dough ball and then divide it up into 4 loaves to let rise again. But I had to divide it just to be able to knead it. Plus I was afraid if I let it rise all as one big dough ball that I either A. Wouldnt have a kitchen or B. would suffer death by sourdough asphyxiation.All in all though it was worth it, because the bread was delicious. I took it to work, tore it into pieces and set it out with some balsamic bread dipping oil. I had a lot more people in my office that day.”

  • “Super easy and lovely bread.My starter is very young, so this didn’t have much sourness to it.I did make a sponge and let it sit for 24 hours before making the dough, in order to get a little more pungency.The texture was smooth and fabulous.I had no problems with rising time, it actually rose much faster than I anticipated, which turned out just fine.Thank you for a great recipe.”

  • “This recipe is written for those of us who really do have the equipment & desire to make large batches.For everyone else, figure the shortening at 15 teaspoons and the water at 4 cups.Divide accordingly.All other ingredients will divide out easily enough.There is nothing in this recipe that wouldn’t allow you to keep it in the refigerator & lop some off.I should keep for quite a while, but I’d use it within 4 or 5 days.It isn’t as though it’s going to go sour or anything.Also, you can form 4 balls and stick 3 in the freezer.Use just like you’d use frozen dough from the grocery store.”

  • “I have been using this recipe for 4 months now.My apologies in not rating this recipe before now. This bread has proven itself to be a consistant & reliable bread to have in the pantry. Absolutely good flavor and simple sturdy bread that we all expect!The first batch made, taught a young boy how to knead bread, and how to cry without shame because of missing someone you love. My daughter brings home “strays”. We have known this boy for 2 yrs or better, we know his homelife is not the best – but we never push to talk, when they are secure, they will talk. While working on the bread he began to speak of his Grandma, gone for years now, when he became emotional and close to tears he stopped talking. I put him to kneading the bread, and just like a teenager-5 turns later he said it was boring. I told him that bread making is love. That when a person takes the time to make bread from scratch, to stretch and work the dough, it is the love you feel while kneading it that makes the bread rise. I told him to stop talking, and think in his heart about his Grandma, to talk in his head to her as he worked the dough, that she would still hear his words & fill his heart. The tears that might fall only make the bread raise higher. But most of all, crying is NOT a weakness as he first said when he had wiped his eyes and locked away the rest of the story. I left the room, and I do believe that batch of bread was kneaded better than any loaf has been in years.He renamed the recipe card this is written on. Now instead of it listing as Sourdough Bread Recipe 13716 – it says “Grandma Angelita’s Bread”…Thank You Bergy- for a no fail recipe & more!”

  • “great bread. i use less salt (3 tsp.) and i bake it in loaf pans. i use coconut oil instead of shortening. i also took advice from another reviewer and baked the loaves at 350 instead of 375. i bake all four loaves at once and froze three. they thaw nicely and you can’t tell that it isn’t fresh bread.
    thanks for the recipe.
    *also* i substitute honey for the sugar and add flaxseed, wheat germ and chia seeds in place of some of the flour – all for a healthier loaf. i used whole wheat flour and the bread comes out perfectly every time.”

  • “solid recipe for a “new to sourdough bread” cook. I have had to tweak it a touch for my starter since the first time it took all day (literally) to make a batch (8 hours rise time? who has that kind of time to spare). I dissolve a tablespoon of yeast in the quart of water with the sugar for about ten minutes before I add the rest of the ingredients. That seemed to really help, I assume the problem is with my starter (though it works fine in other recipes…)I also had to reduce baking temperature to 325 to prevent the bottoms from burning, and raise my oven rack to the middle. I do not use the baking dishes, I just form the loaves into rounds on baking sheets and they bake up just beautifully.”

  • “Like Jessi Cook, I had trouble making an entire batch of this as well…it overflowed my biggest mixing bowl (made a big mess of the oven), stopped my KitchenAid dead in its tracks while mixing, I had a really hard time getting it to stop being sticky without adding so much flour that the bread was dry–just deal with the sticky-ness if you make this recipe, it’s not a good idea to try and “dry it out”. So…I recommend halving the recipe and using Pam to keep the dough from sticking to your hands. Be aware that if you use the Recipe #13750 to make this recipe that you might have trouble getting it to rise in a reasonable amount of time and you might get more sour than you anticipated after the first month. Thanks anyway Bergy!”

  • “I’m probably the only one who had issues with the recipe, but I was not thrilled with it.The outside crust was a beautiful golden color, but the inside was doughy and underbaked, even after 1.25 hours of baking.But, others have had such good luck with this, I think I’d probably still suggest others try it; I’m clearly an anomoly!”

  • “This recipe is simple and easy to follow and makes a beautiful loaf. . . the texture and crust are unbeatable! This is now my favorite sourdough recipe and I’ll be making it often.I did half this recipe and froze one dough ball after the first rise.A few days later I thawed it out, let rise until double and cooked as usual.It turned out perfect!Four loaves sounded like an aweful lot of work to me, but now that I know it freezes well, it doesn’t sound like such a daunting task.”

  • “this sounds wonderful! I will try it today, but I have to know, what is the update on Grandma Angelita’s grandson!What a great bread story.”

  • “I have been using the same sourdough starter for about 15 years now. It started as a pushbutton, which started with packaged yeast, so I always add yeast to the bread dough. I halved the recipe, but used a cup of starter (I know mine well and it seemed right to me). I added a scant teaspoon of yeast to this. Just didn’t have hours to spare waiting for it to raise on its own. I also added about a teaspoon of chopped dried rosemary. After first proof, I shaped into one round loaf. Baked perfectly. I used it as a bread bowl for a really good artichoke-spinach dip I just rated also. The bread was perfect–moist, firm but tender, perfect with the dip. The crust was beautiful.”

  • “I made this twice and did as the recipe said my husband attempted it once to see if maybe I wasn’t following directions and it never turned out. We used the same starter on another recipe from here and it turned out wonderful.”

  • “Just to jump on the bandwagon–YUMMY!Even though as a novice yeast bread maker I found the instructions a tad vague!”

  • “Well, my loaves didn’t come out sour at all! BUT that is entirely my fault as I didn’t let my starter mellow out enough.The bread texture was chewy, crumbly dense and moist.My colleagues raved about it this morning as they tried out with their morning cuppa. Told me that I could open a bakery!I used butter for the melted shortening and greased my pans. Great recipe.I loved it that it makes 4 loaves as I can always give them away to appreciative peeps!”

  • “Great bread, but not very sour at all! I like my sourdoughs with a real tang to them, though this did produce a very delicious loaf of not-so-sour sourdough. Thanks!”

  • “My first try I was impatient and didn’t let it rise long enough.So with patience it came out beautiful and tasted wonderful.”

  • “Okay, maybe it was my fault, and my sourdough starter was not put together properly. But really 12 cups of flour! It was a bit much to work with. However, the end result (although dense because of the yeast problem) wasn’t bad. My boys ate it up and were impressed. I just want to fine tune it a bit. Thanks!”

  • “Perfect bread!I’ve made this twice and both times I halved the recipe for all ingredients except I used the full 1 cup of sourdough starter.It did require a bit more flour, so take that into consideration when preparing to make this.Halving the recipe yielded 2 loaves that I baked in Le Creuset round vegetable-shaped pans.I used my Red Sea starter and allowed the 1st rise to go all day.The 2nd rise only took 1 1/2 hours.The loaves were extremely fluffy and with excellent texture.Thanks for a hit bread recipe.”

  • “This bread had great flavour and texture. I had never made bread from scratch without a breadmaker and this was very easy. I used your sourdough starter too and again it was very easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.”

  • “We love this bread so much, I now make it once a week!!!”