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Recipe: Basic Sourdough Bread

This basic sourdough bread recipe is a great one for beginners or those who want a simple sandwich bread for everyday use. This recipe can be used to make a basic loaf of sandwich bread or artisan-style bread.



  1. Mix sourdough starter, flour, and salt together. Use enough water to make bread dough. (A moist dough is preferable to a dry dough.)
  2. Knead dough until it passes the “window pane test”: a small piece of dough will stretch between four fingers without breaking thin enough to allow light to pass through.
  3. Shape the dough into a loaf. Place in a pan or proofing basket, or on a board. Rub a little oil on the top surface of the dough and cover lightly with a towel or plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise for 4-24 hours. If desired, a short (4-12 hours) proofing period can be used and the dough can be punched down, reshaped, and allowed to rise a second time, but a second proofing period is not required.
  4. Slice an X shape in the top of the loaf with a very sharp knife or razor blade.
  5. Bake at 400°F until the internal temperature reaches 210°F. (Use a meat thermometer inserted into the bottom or side of the loaf.) Bake 30-60 minutes (depending on loaf size). Cool before slicing.


Now that you have the best basic sourdough bread recipe, it’s time to start making some at home, and Cultures for Health is here to supply you with everything you need. We have the largest selection of fermentation and culture products and even have all of the tools you’ll need for any process you are doing.

For beginners, the best option for making sourdough bread at home is our amazing Artisan Sourdough Kit. This starter kit comes with everything you need to start making sourdough bread at home including:

  • 1 x San Francisco Style Sourdough Starter
  • 1 x Bread Lame (Scorer)
  • 1 x Baker’s Scale
  • 1 x Steel Dough Scraper
  • 1 x Butter Muslin

On top of all of that, this kit comes with multiple recipe cards to try other ways to make sourdough bread at home.

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