Mock Sourdough Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 (6 ounce) containers plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • cold water as needed
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Heat yogurt in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave or on the stovetop until lukewarm.

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  • Step 2

    Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in yogurt, 2 cups flour, sugar, oil, and salt. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to make dough easy to handle.

  • Step 3

    Turn dough out on a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a greased bowl and let rise in until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Step 4

    Shape dough into 8 loaves; brush each lightly with cold water. Cut 3 diagonal slashes across the top of each loaf with a sharp knife. Let rise until doubled in size, about 25 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Brush loaves with cold water.

  • Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven until they sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes, brushing with water twice during baking time.

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