Sourdough Bread Recipe with Starter

Sourdough Bread Recipe with Starter - the only homemade bread recipe you’ll ever need!

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125 grams sourdough starter active ▢367.5 grams water filtered & room temperature ▢500 grams all-purpose flour unbleached ▢12 grams sea salt I like to use French sea salt ▢25 grams water

Step 1

In a mixing bowl, combine the starter and filtered water. Mix with a wooden spoon until the starter dissolves and the water looks milky. Then, add the flour and mix everything to combine.

Step 2

Use your hands to knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes. Keep the dough in the bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Keep it in a warm, draft-free area for about 2 hours while it rests.

Step 3

Sprinkle in the salt and remaining water and knead the dough again until the salt and water are nicely incorporated. Cover the dough and let it rest for 4-5 hours. You can also place it in the fridge overnight and let it slowly rise for 8-10 hours.

Step 4

Transfer the dough to a clean work surface. Wet your hands and stretch the dough into a large rectangle. The dough should be soft and move easily! Grab the top side (the edge farthest from you) and fold it down ⅓ of the way. Do the same with the bottom. Fold it over the folded top so you have a long narrow rectangle.

Step 5

Roll the end into a sphere. Push and pull the dough 4-6 times to form a round ball of dough. Leave it alone and let it rest on the counter, uncovered, for about 20 minutes.

Step 6

Use a bench scraper to flip the dough over. Repeat the steps, starting with stretching the dough to form the rectangle. Once you’ve got the dough back to a round shape, place it into a lightly floured proofing basket. Cover and let it rise in the fridge for 2 hours.

Step 7

Gently place the dough onto a floured sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle some of the flour on top of the loaf. Use a lame to score the top and sides of the dough. Sometimes I like to be cute and cut out cute shapes like hearts.

Step 8

Lift the dough using the parchment paper and put it into a Dutch oven. Slip 2 ice cubes behind the parchment paper to help create steam once it melts. Cover with the lid and place the Dutch oven into a cold oven.

Step 9

Heat the oven to 450F. Once it has preheated, set the timer for a bake time of 40-45 minutes. After 40 minutes, uncover it and bake for another 5-10 minutes depending on your desired golden color. Remove it from the oven, let it rest on a cutting board, slice, and enjoy!


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