Sourdough Surprises: Za'atar Soda Bread
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
A simple bread made with flour, salt, buttermilk, salt and the discard from feeding a sourdough starter. The bread is topped with Za'atar seasoning for extra flavor.
  • 4 oz (113g) sourdough starter (unfed)
  • 14 oz (397g) unbleached all-purpose flour; more as needed
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. table salt
  • 1-1/4 - 1½ cups (10.6 oz/302g - 12.75oz/363g ) buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. Za'atar seasoning
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Mix together the flour, soda and salt.
  3. Stir in the sourdough starter and 1¼ cup of the buttermilk and stir just until combined. If it needs more moisture, add more buttermilk 1 Tbsp. at a time.
  4. Turn the dough out on to a lightly floured surface and pat into a round about 6¾" wide and 1½" tall. Press the Za'atar mix gently and evenly into the top.
  5. Transfer the bread to the lined baking sheet.
  6. With a thin, sharp knife, score a cross on the dough about ¼ inch deep and extending fully from one side to the other.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 400°F and bake until the bread is browned and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom, another 20 to 30 minutes.
  8. Cool to room temperature on a rack, about 2 hours, before slicing and serving.
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