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Easy How to Make Sourdough Bread with Butter
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Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe

How to Make Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe with Tips
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time53 mins
Resting Time10 hrs
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, sourdough
Servings: 8 pieces


  • 400 grams unbleached bread flour
  • 100 grams unbleached all purpose flour
  • 12 grams sea salt
  • 50 grams bubbly starter recipe here
  • 385 grams warm water (filtered) 80-85 degrees F.


  • Prepare starter by feeding several hours In advance to have bubbly starter.
    Bubbly Starter
  • Combine flours and salt. Set Aside
  • Put warm water In glass bowl. Add Starter, stir into water.
  • Add flour and mix with hands to a rough dough. Cover with damp towel for one hour. After an hour, form dough roughly into a ball. Cover with damp towel overnight for 10-12 hours.
  • Replenish starter with 25 grams water, 25 grams starter.
  • In the morning, dough should have doubled.
    sourdough bulk rise
  • In the morning, spread flour on counter, place dough on floured surface and stretch dough out as shown. Use finger to poke holes. Allow to rest 10 minutes.
    Sourdough Dimpled
  • Bring dough together gently, pulling edges up and over from each end, forming a dough ball. Do this from every side, gently until the dough resists, maybe 10 times. Pull dough up and over as If to wrap the dough. You want to get the dough ball firm.
  • Place in your sourdough bowl, smooth top side down, seams up. The smooth side will be your top. Keeping the bottom with seams up will allow air bubbles to form there, thus, when baked those air bubbles at the bottom will help bread rise in oven.
  • Cover with plastic or damp cloth. Refrigerate for 6-24 hours. In this particular loaf, I refrigerated 24 hours as my plans for the bread had changed.

Ready to Bake

  • Take dough out of refrigerator, while preheating oven to 500 degrees F.

Test for Proofing

  • Allow oven to heat up for at least 30 minutes. Put dutch oven (not lid) Into oven to heat up with oven.
  • Test dough for proofing. If after poking gently with finger, dough quickly bounces back, it's under-proofed, needs more proofing. You're probably at a perfect point waiting for oven to heat, while it proofs more. The perfect proofing point will result when gently poking, dough slowly bounces back. It's ready to bake. If the dough appears over-proofed, no bounce back at all, you an still bake it, but it will not have an optimal rise and will be dense.
  • Using a lamé, or very sharp knife, slash the dough to allow for steam.
    Sourdough Bread ready to oven
  • Reduce heat to 450 degrees F. Bake in dutch oven with lid on for 20 minutes. Take off lid, bake for 30 minutes. Remove bread from dutch oven, bake 3 to 5 more minutes. Bread Is done when internal temperature is 208 degrees F.
  • Cool for one hour minimum. If you try to cut sourdough high, it might be gummy. Wait (If you can). Use serrated bread knife.