Sourdough bread – A classic and popular

The Sourdough bread is a classic and popular type of bread that is leavened using naturally occurring wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria. The process involves creating and maintaining a sourdough starter, a mixture of flour and water that captures wild yeast from the environment. This starter is then used to ferment the bread dough, giving it a distinctive tangy flavor and creating a beautiful, chewy texture. If you follow the recipe, you will succeed. Here’s how to get you started:


Sourdough Starter:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water


  • 1 cup active sourdough starter
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


Day 1: Creating the Sourdough Starter

  1. Mixing the Starter:
    • In a clean glass or plastic container, mix 1 cup of all-purpose flour with 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Stir until well combined.
  2. Cover and Rest:
    • Cover the container loosely and let it rest at room temperature for 24 hours. This begins the fermentation process.

Day 2: Feeding the Starter

  1. Discard and Feed:
    • Discard half of the starter (about 1/2 cup) and mix in another 1 cup of all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Cover and Rest:
    • Cover and let it rest at room temperature for another 24 hours.

Day 3 and Beyond: Regular Feeding

  1. Continue Feeding:
    • Repeat the discard and feeding process daily for about a week, or until your starter is active, bubbly, and has a pleasant, tangy aroma.

Making the Dough:

  1. Mixing Dough:
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of active sourdough starter, 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, bread flour, and salt. Mix until a shaggy dough forms.
  2. Kneading:
    • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.
  3. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise at room temperature for 4 to 6 hours or until doubled in size.


  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, shape it into a round loaf, and place it in a well-floured proofing basket.

Second Rise:

  • Cover the dough and let it rise for another 2 to 4 hours, or until it’s puffy.

Preheat Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C). Place a Dutch oven with a lid in the oven while it preheats.


  • Carefully transfer the risen dough into the preheated Dutch oven. Cover with the lid and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the lid and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until the bread has a golden crust.


  • Allow the bread to cool on a wire rack before slicing.

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