Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread

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Basic Sourdough Bread

Indulge in the timeless art of sourdough bread baking with this basic recipe that promises to elevate your kitchen prowess. Crafted with just four simple ingredients and a dash of patience, my sourdough loaf boasts a tangy flavor and irresistible crust.

If you’re curious about my unique process and how I cultivated my own starter from scratch, click here to unlock the secrets behind my sourdough journey.

Get ready to embark on a delicious adventure in homemade bread making!

~Happy Baking~

Unbaked Sourdough bread
Basic Sourdough Bread Recipe
Basic Sourdough Bread

Basic Sourdough Bread Recipe

This is my everyday recipe for making sourdough. It's a pretty standard recipe. Tweak it as needed to make it work best for you.
Prep Time 2 days
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 2 days 55 minutes
Course Baked Goods
Servings 1 Loaf


  • 4 Cups + 2 Tbsp Unbleached Bread Flour
  • 1.5 Cups + 1 Tbsp Warm Water
  • 1/2 Cup Starter
  • 2 Tsp Salt


  • Mix all ingredients to form a dough. I like to use my stand mixer for this as it is really sticky at first. Cover with a damp towel and let sit for 30 minutes.
  • Stretch and fold (4x4). Let rest for 30 minutes. Repeat this process 3 additional times for a total of 4 counts of stretching and folding.
  • Cover and let rest for 8-10 hours. Allow it to rise 50%-75%
  • Remove from bowl and gently shape it into a round circle.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  • Grab stoneware, line it with parchment paper, and dust the parchment with flour. Transfer the dough to stoneware, dust the top with flour, and cover with a dry towel. Place it in the fridge for 6 to 48 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 450℉ and remove the dough from the fridge. Score it and let it rest on the counter for 30 minutes, up to an hour.
  • Bake covered for 40 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to 400℉, remove cover, and bake for an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
  • Allow to cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!


  • This bread will stay fresh for upwards of 4-5 days depending on the temperature and humidity in your home.
  • Freezes well for up to a year.
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