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How Long To Knead Sourdough + Bonus Recipe

No Knead Sourdough Bread Recipe

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Try this easy no-knead sourdough recipe. Combine sourdough starter with your bread-baking ingredients to create the ultimate golden-brown masterpiece.

  • Total Time: 17 hrs
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x


  • 400g bread flour
  • 100g whole wheat flour
  • 350g water (room temperature)
  • 100g active sourdough starter (100% hydration)
  • 8g salt


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt. Mix well.
  2. Add the active sourdough starter and water to the bowl. Stir until a shaggy dough forms.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp tea towel and let it rest at room temp for about 12 to 16 hours. This is the bulk fermentation stage.
  4. After the bulk fermentation, the dough should be noticeably risen and bubbly.
  5. Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Place a Dutch oven or a lidded baking pot inside the oven while it preheats.
  6. Transfer the dough to a floured surface, and perform a series of stretches and folds.
  7. Fold the dough over itself a few times to shape it into a round loaf. Be gentle to preserve the gas bubbles.
  8. Place the shaped dough on parchment paper or baking sheet, and let it rest for about 30 minutes while the oven preheats.
  9. Carefully remove the hot Dutch oven from the oven, and place the dough seam side up, with the parchment paper, inside the pot.
  10. Score the top of the dough with a sharp knife or razor.
  11. Cover the Dutch oven with the lid and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Remove the lid and continue baking for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the crust is deep golden brown. Leave the loaf in the oven for a further 10 minutes for a darker crust.
  13. Once done, remove the bread from the Dutch oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing.
  • Author: Natasha Krajnc
  • Prep Time: 16 hrs
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: bread
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33 g
  • Protein: 10 g